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Snowtown [DVD]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A harrowing account of the true crime story that shocked Australia, Justin Kurzel's SNOWTOWN follows an impressionable teenager as he falls under the spell of a charismatic serial killer and gets hopelessly drawn into a vicious cycle of violence and murder. Single mother Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris) lives in a cramped house in the northern suburbs of Adelaide with her four young sons. When Elizabeth's current boyfriend reveals himself to be a pedophile, charismatic newcomer John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) drives him out of the neighborhood while laying on the charm, and in the process he captures the attention of her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway). But as Jamie gets closer to John, he learns that the amiable stranger's quick smile masks a dark secret.
  • Credits
    Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Craig Coyne, Richard Green
  • Critic Reviews
    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film's combination of raw performances, unobtrusive, over-the-shoulder cinematography and unflinching darkness will snare even the strong-stomached like snake food."
    Total Film

    "Throughout Kurzel sustains a mood that's both oppressive and contemplative....This is a well-made, truly sobering film..."
    Sight and Sound

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The film is a chilling study of an evil, dominant personality and his victims. It works primarily through an astonishingly good performance by Daniel Henshall as Bunting."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[The film] builds into a multipronged horror effort....The film is unflinching, but doesn't sensationalize its content, which makes it all the more disturbing."

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