Lost in Previews: The Snowtown Murders

The Snowtown Murders is a film based on true events.  These events would be the murders of many people in Snowtown, Australia after the dismembered remains were found in barrels.  The trailer for the film really translates the perceived evil in the supposed “leader” in the group who committed the murders.  The film looks to be a gritty look at what took place in these murderers’ lives before and during the events.  The synopsis gives a more details about what happens in this film.  I am sure The Snowtown Murders will not be a film for everyone.  The film stars Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshaw, and Louise Harris, and is directed by Justin Kurzel.

“Based on the horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, where police found dismembered bodies rotting in barrels, SNOWTOWN, which marks Justin Kurzel’s directorial debut is a stark journey into the feral subculture of welfare dependence, addiction, domestic violence, brutality and sexual abuse.

Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris) is raising her three boys in Adelaide’s poor northern suburbs. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead winds up welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home.

John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) is the moral compass among a circle of friends who hold self-appointed neighborhood watch meetings at the kitchen table. Fueled by cigarettes and beer they cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants takes Elizabeth’s son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing. In a mix of misdirected hero worship and terror, Jamie becomes an accomplice to a spree of torture and murder.

SNOWTOWN is an uncompromising film, focused on the relationship between vulnerable teenager and a father figure who is revealed to be the worst kind of bully.
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.”

The Snowtown Murders will be in limited release in NY on March 2, 2012 with an national expansion to follow.

by Sarah Ksiazek

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