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The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Snowtown (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 19 May 2011 (Australia)
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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 »
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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 »


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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Justin Kurzel on Snowtown with Nick Feik (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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Suspenseful, authentic and confronting.
25 May 2011 | by rad81See all my reviews

Brilliant in it's authenticity and simplicity. The attention to detail, costume and set design deserve recognition and credit. As the viewer you actually feel like your in the 90s, from the Nike Air sneakers to the Sega Master System etc. There is no clear distinction between characters at the beginning of the film, who are complex to say the least.This may leave some audience members confused, but also add to the intended emotions of the film. The actual murders were committed amongst the seemingly mundane and relatively normal lower class suburbs of Adelaide. The director Justin Kurzel, does a fine job at recreating that image. I loved this film because I am some what a crime buff and have a profound interest in Australian criminal history. This movie captures the very essence that is Snowtown. Crime buffs especially will enjoy this movie. The director doesn't necessarily rely on graphic imagery to the extent some people may think. More the psychological game of fear and suspense is applied through out the feature with impeccable brilliance. My heart was racing for a majority of the time, even the quieter moments don't allow you time to relax as the suspense builds. Snowtown is definitely not for the faint hearted or squeamish, but it is for those who can appreciate gritty Aussie crime flicks.


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