Based on horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown, Australia in 1999, THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS is a stark journey into a brutal subculture of suspicion, addiction and violence.
Hoping for much-needed stability and security in their lives, embattled mother Elizabeth (Louise Harris) and her three sons take up with John, the self-appointed moral compass of a vigilante neighborhood watch group. John’s charismatic nature causes 16-year-old Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) to view the older man as a role model, and the two quickly strike up a bond. But when John introduces Jamie to his disturbing ideas of administering justice, the impressionable youth is confronted with a father figure who may be the most vicious predator he’s encountered yet.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Cannes‘ Critics Week, Justin Kurzel‘s directorial debut is an uncompromising look at the alarming circumstances that led to the notorious crimes.
“3.5 stars. The most frightening film about a psychopath I’ve seen.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“This distressing infiltration of a family of young boys by a charismatic psychopath rewards with a stylistic talent that feels entirely new.”
-Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
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