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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.

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Bob Adriaens ...
Gavin
Louise Harris ...
Frank Cwiertniak ...
Jeffrey
Matthew Howard ...
Nicholas
Marcus Howard ...
Alex
Anthony Groves ...
Troy
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Barry
Aaron Viergever ...
Robert
Denis Davey ...
Guitar Player
Allan Chapple ...
Prayer Reader
Beau Gosling ...
David
Brendan Rock ...
Marcus
Bryan Sellars ...
Minister
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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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Biography | Crime | Drama

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,273 (USA) (4 March 2012)

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$8,012 (USA) (18 March 2012)
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Daniel Henshall (John) lived in the Snowtown area for 6 weeks in a hotel, and got to know the locals to help develop his character. See more »

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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]
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Featured in The Snowtown Crimes (2011) See more »

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
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Music by Charles Crozat Converse
Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
Performed by Church Congregation
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You don't enjoy it; you experience it.
19 May 2011 | by (Australia) – See 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


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