This amazing movie is a must watch for almost any fan
of movies. Snowtown tells the tale of the enigmatic serial killer John
Bunting, and how he and his followers killed anyone who got in there way
in the small towns in the outer Adelaide suburbs.
This film became a title that I had to view from the
outset due to the limited cinematic release around the country which
personally I found ridiculously unsupportive of the local industry.
Unfortunately I missed it due to the movie never coming to a cinema near
me and this release was the first chance I have to check it out..... by
god it didn't disappoint.
This movie is stunning to look at. Beautiful
cinematography treats the eye to some truly heartbreaking scenes, of
shocking suburban living conditions, right through to amazing views of
the countryside. This is most certainly an Australian movie, and you
feel it in your bones as you are watching.
I remember this story being on the news and the
performances turned in by the cast totally immerse you in the shocking
reality of their circumstances. Something that is worth knowing is that
all but two of the actors in this film are just ordinary people off the
street with little to no experience, and the performances are utterly
For those with weak stomachs, I can let you know that
even though there is violence throughout, it's more the violence that is
insinuated that messes with your head. The pacing is perfect, and whilst
at times the onscreen action is enough to make you cringe, there is
never a violent action show just for the sake of it. It's always for a
reason. The movie follows the experience of young Jamie played by Lucas
Pittaway, and how through an utterly terrifying and abusive (both
sexually and mentally) upbringing, he falls under the spell of John
Bunting who treats the boy the way that he has been hoping a father
figure would treat him. It's not until his suspicion of Bunting
manifests that Jamie is drawn into a terrifying world dominated by this
killer, played amazingly by Daniel Henshall.
The video on this film looks great with a bit of
grain showing throughout. This does nothing to detract from the viewing
experience. Audio is a chilling affair that accentuates the tension of
the scenes you are watching. Utterly amazing.
The extras on this blu-ray flesh out more of the
story with casting videos, an interview with the director and loads
more. There a number of short movies on here which personally I couldn't
understand why they were there. It seemed to take a bit away from the
rest of the disc and I would have preferred there to have been more
about the movie to have given us more insight into the making of this
This would have to be one of the best Aussie movies I
have seen in ages. The story whilst based on real events, could still
have been let down by poor performances and direction, however this
never occurs and what we are instead treated to is one darkly beautiful
and disturbing movie. You really owe it to yourself and our local talent
to check out this movie.
This is truly a must see and own movie if you are
into the genre and/or Australian cinema.