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The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Snowtown (original title)
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Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director:

Justin Kurzel

Writers:

Shaun Grant, Shaun Grant (story) | 3 more credits »
23 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Pittaway ... Jamie Vlassakis
Bob Adriaens Bob Adriaens ... Gavin
Louise Harris Louise Harris ... Elizabeth Harvey
Frank Cwiertniak Frank Cwiertniak ... Jeffrey
Matthew Howard Matthew Howard ... Nicholas
Marcus Howard Marcus Howard ... Alex
Anthony Groves Anthony Groves ... Troy
Richard Green ... Barry
Aaron Viergever Aaron Viergever ... Robert
Denis Davey Denis Davey ... Guitar Player
Allan Chapple Allan Chapple ... Prayer Reader
Beau Gosling Beau Gosling ... David
Brendan Rock Brendan Rock ... Marcus
Bryan Sellars Bryan Sellars ... Minister
Daniel Henshall ... John Bunting
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Storyline

Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Alex and Nicholas, in a housing trust home in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Their home is but one of many sun-starved houses crammed together to cater for a disenfranchised society. Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid. As John spends more and more time with Jamie's family, Elizabeth and her boys begin to experience a stability and sense of family that they have never known. John moves from the role of Jamie's protector to that of a mentor, indoctrinating Jamie into his world, a world brimming with bigotry, righteousness and malice. Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie soon begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs as he spends more and more time with him and his select group of friends. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is ... Written by Anonymous

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Australia's most infamous crime story See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowtown Murders See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,273, 4 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,012, 18 March 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was a subplot based on actual events, which revealed Robert and Barry as lovers in the past. It was cut, but it can be found on the DVD deleted scenes. See more »

Quotes

John Bunting: Do you like bein' fucked? Do you like bein' fucked? So why not do somethin' about it? 'Cause all I ever see you do is sook, mate. No? What didjah do about Jeffrey? Fuckin' nothin'. You see me and Robert mopin' about? Hmm? No you don't because you do that they fuck you forever. You don't want that, do you? When are you gonna grow some balls, mate?
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Featured in Snowtown Casting (2011) See more »

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Happy Birthday To You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill (as Paty Hill)
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Disturbing and affecting.
19 May 2011 | by Loader1976See all my reviews

It is quite a well crafted film and the concepts it presents are quite disturbing. It shows the killers to be very cold, calculating and generally indifferent in the way the murders unfold.

I don't think it will be a very accessible film for most cinema goers, as the style and tone are very depressing. It is a very simple plot on the surface but the way it presents the characters is sometimes quite confusing, and i found it quite hard to follow who all the characters were and how they were related. It is appropriately photographed, the production design is correctly sparse and bleak and the soundtrack is very effective.


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