6.6/10
16,281
112 user 173 critic

The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Snowtown (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 May 2011 (Australia)
Trailer
2:14 | Trailer
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 & 23 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

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
Learn more

More Like This 

The Snowtown Crimes (Video 2011)
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The Turning (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A collection of short films based on stories by Australian writer Tim Winton.

Directors: Jonathan auf der Heide, Tony Ayres, and 16 more credits »
Stars: Colin Friels, James Fraser, Henri Phillips
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd
Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
Macbeth (2015)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan
Snowtown Casting (Video 2011)
Documentary | Short | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
Kill List (2011)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Director: Ben Wheatley
Stars: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Henry, a drifter, commits a series of brutal murders, supposedly operating with impunity.

Director: John McNaughton
Stars: Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Tim Rogers, Andy Kent, Russell Hopkinson
Blue Tongue (2005)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A distant boy and a disturbed girl discover a blue tongue nest, but not all is as it appears.

Director: Justin Kurzel
Stars: Arlan Fahey-Leigh, Sianoa Smit-McPhee
Compliance (2012)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A normal Friday service at a fast food restaurant becomes interrupted by a police officer who claims an employee stole from a customer, but something more sinister is going on.

Director: Craig Zobel
Stars: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Follows the unspeakable torture and abuses committed on a teenage girl in the care of her aunt and the boys who witness and fail to report the crime.

Director: Gregory Wilson
Stars: William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker
Drama | Thriller

A team of armed Pakistani militants stage a terrorist attack at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.

Director: Justin Kurzel

Photos

Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on a true story See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The game the brothers are heard to be playing at the beginning on the movie is 'Alex Kidd'. The console version is Sega Megadrive. See more »

Quotes

John Bunting: It's not fuckin' mean if you kick the shit out of some diseased prick. He fuckin' deserves it. It's an Australian fuckin' tradition, anyway. Eh?
[chuckles]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Traditional
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill (as Paty Hill)
See more »

User Reviews

 
You don't enjoy it; you experience it.
19 May 2011 | by pat_deaytsSee all my reviews

Snowtown follows the experience of young Jamie Vlassakis as he partakes in the infamous 'bodies in the barrels' murders. Director Justin Kurzel has created a film that gradually pulls away the illusion of justified vigilantism to reveal the sadistic and evil core of John Bunting and his co-accused. The rare scenes of violence have such a profound impact that they are difficult to witness, the imagery of the Australian welfare suburb is captured with such florescent realism that you can almost taste the atmosphere. While at times fragmented, Snowtown is a rare and expertly crafted biopic that will tear at your senses and stun you into submission


55 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 112 user reviews »

Videos

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Snowtown Murders See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,273, 4 March 2012

Gross USA:

$8,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,349,387
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed