“Profoundly disturbing.” – Scott Foundas, Film Comment
“A triumph of naturalism.” – Frank Hatherley, Screen International
**WINNER – JURY PRIZE, CRITICS WEEK: CANNES FILM FESTIVAL**
**OFFICIAL ENTRY: TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL**
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.
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
Written by: Shaun Grant
Starring: Daniel Henshall, Lucas Pittaway, Craig Coyne
Distributor: IFC Midnight
TRT: 120 minutes
Release Date: FEBRUARY 29th, 2012 in NEW YORK