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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 »
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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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: 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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Connections

Featured in The Snowtown Crimes (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Friend We Have in Jesus
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse
Lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
Performed by Church Congregation
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Chilling
19 June 2011 | by helraizaSee all my reviews

I don't understand why people are coming down on this film, i thought it was amazing and spectacularly represented the emotions of the people involved rather than the actions. I am glad it didn't go into all the violence into more detail even though i know the real killings were worse than depicted in the film. I think that it was not the intention of the director to have another gory wolf creek serial killer story.

I had not heard any hype about the young actor looking like heath ledger until now but had commented to my partner a few times in the movie how striking the similarity was!

I loved this film and thought it was well directed and have no idea how the actors got through some of those scenes.. well done.


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