Snowtown Murders (2011)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 61

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AKA: Snowtown
Directed by: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Lucas Pittaway (Jamie Vlassakis), Daniel Henshall (John Bunting), Louise Harris (Elizabeth Harvey), Aaron Viergever (Robert Wagner), David Walker (Mark Haydon)
Country: Australia
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 02:00:03
Genres: Based on a True Story, Serial Killers, Old-Young Themed, Siblings-Family, Incest, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Violence Against-Animals, Revenge, Torture

Plot – Spoilers:
This is based on the Snowtown Murders that occurred in the ’90s.

Jamie lives in squalor with his mother and several brothers in an Australian suburb. His father and half-brother occasionally drop by, and unintentionally remind Jamie of the hopelessness of his own future. But his future is the least of Jamie’s immediate concerns. His mother’s poor choice of boyfriends leaves him and his younger brothers open to abuse, and he’s also got a nasty older brother at home.

Into their world walks in John, who seems worldly-wise and immediately takes on the protector role. John is aggressive while being protective, but he also breathes life into their world. The kids now eat regular meals, and his culinary skills are among the many things he seems smug about.

As the months roll by, Jamie is drawn further into John’s world which is mostly that of a pedo-hunter – for this, they rely on a crossdressing pedo who rats out other pedophiles.

Random Thoughts – Massive Spoilers:
The real John Bunting was abused as a child, but his actions later on in life seem calculated. Him targeting pedos seems like serial killers who went after prostitutes – a convenient way to get kills in, while minimizing interest from the law.

Jamie’s actions too leave you confused – for all the abuse and desensitization – can you fully sympathize with him?

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dude
dude
November 28, 2020 10:42 am

I went to the same school as Jamie Vlassakis. He was on the badminton team.

Buster Sprocket
Buster Sprocket
Reply to  dude
November 29, 2020 1:25 am

? Wow. Just finished watching this. Would you know how true the portrail was in the movie? If that’s how it really went down, that kid didn’t deserve the sentence he got. Yes, he was involved but through no fault of his own. Blimey, I’m the same age as him. But I guess people didn’t have a clue what was going on until the end. Did you ever happen to notice anything odd?

Bcm
Bcm
Reply to  Buster Sprocket
April 27, 2021 10:35 am

i think that fat guy. (mr big shit) is who did it and try to cover it. since he was too hard on the poor man who was tortured innocently.

Sophie
Sophie
Reply to  dude
December 2, 2020 2:48 am

Really? May I ask what kind of person was he like as school ,do you think this film portrayed him accurately and as someone from Europe & not familiar with this case ,do you think again it’s accurate or OTT? I read on IMBD that non of the actors including Lucas who played Jamie had no acting experience & actually lived in that very housing estate.The actress playing his mum was actually out of work & struggling to bring her see son up as a single mum on benefits ..amazing !

dude
dude
Reply to  Sophie
December 2, 2020 9:33 am

I was last acquainted with him back in 1993 (when he suddenly withdrew mid-year from our school), before his family moved out to the northern suburbs. As best I remember, he was small for his age, mature and avoided trouble so was seen as a bit “nerdy”, but got along with others and was well-liked.

Only a couple of memories stand out:

1. He knew when was 12 years old that he wanted to be an Ambulance Officer (Paramedic) when he grew up, and showed some of us at school a folder he had of certificates (swimming? first aid?) which he thought would eventually help with this goal. This seemed a grounded and realistic career choice when most of us were still daydreaming about being doctors or fighter pilots.

2. A time he got upset when another kid did a lame impression of an epileptic attack, stating that he’d seen people have real epileptic seizures.

We didn’t associate outside of school and I didn’t know anything about his family life, or that he had brothers (who presumably didn’t attend our school).

OJ
OJ
November 29, 2020 3:40 am

Lots of people think Australia is the promise Land and everyone is happy here and having a good time, but in fact lots of abuse going on here on a daily basis, life i as Very boring and restricted, work pressure is killing and heaps load of Junkies fucking around every day. It’s not any better than any other country. You need to live here a decade to realise that.

Sarah
Sarah
Reply to  OJ
August 1, 2021 8:02 pm

Sydney and Melbourne are very nice !! Are you talking about other areas ?

Rumpelcasiel
Rumpelcasiel
Reply to  Sarah
June 6, 2022 12:30 am

if very nice means very boring then yes, it´s like all farms and spider-kangaroos but hey at least you can say Hitler was from there

OJ
OJ
November 29, 2020 3:52 am

Also I forgot to mention how fat, useless and ugly women are here. As if there was a criteria at the border to let in only rubbish ones.

Peter
Peter
Reply to  OJ
December 1, 2020 10:32 pm

You have major problems my friend..go and take a good long look in the mirror !

WC
WC
Reply to  OJ
December 4, 2020 2:37 pm

You sound fucked up enough to be in one of these movies, cunt.

elaine
elaine
Reply to  WC
May 1, 2021 9:47 am

your a piece of shit

Groovy
Groovy
Reply to  WC
August 23, 2021 10:55 am

I Wish you could like comments on here

linda
linda
Reply to  Admin
August 24, 2021 10:16 am

Thanks, are you guys planning on adding reaction buttons too?

Blaze
Blaze
Reply to  Groovy
September 16, 2021 4:45 am

You can dumb ass

e
e
Reply to  OJ
December 7, 2020 4:26 am

wow – pretty fucked up words coming from ugly guy who is maybe over weight and totally useless !

Mike Ehrmantraut
Mike Ehrmantraut
Reply to  OJ
May 1, 2021 6:05 pm

Way to trigger the habitual victims, OJ… A whole group of the annoying little sods too. Nice job, mate.

Doc ♥
Doc ♥
Reply to  Mike Ehrmantraut
August 2, 2021 1:00 am

Shut up mikey ♥

scrotemaster
scrotemaster
Reply to  OJ
May 1, 2021 6:09 pm

Maybe your women, you scrotum.

ruby rain
ruby rain
Reply to  OJ
August 22, 2021 5:01 am

idk i kinda agree,it’s pretty funny

Groovy
Groovy
Reply to  OJ
August 23, 2021 10:54 am

It’s a good thing that none of them want you then lol

T
T
Reply to  OJ
October 22, 2021 6:15 am

Mate, where exactly in Australia are you talking about? Very clearly the shit rural areas where dumbasses like you can only live because they cannot afford rent in the decent city & beach areas where the women are gorgeous and intelligent.

Sophie
Sophie
December 2, 2020 2:41 am

I thoroughly enjoyed that film but I don’t know what this says about me but I had to take my headphones off and look away when they shot the dog ( did they do it? ) and when they chipped up the poor kangaroos can’t stand seeing animals hurt…and yes to the troll boys who hang out around here I’ be been vegetarian for over 40 yrs!lol?
I just read in The Guardian’s review of this film (a really good review) that the young actors in this film ( including the boys mother) ALL had no acting experience and actually lived in that housing associations housing estate
.Apparently emergency services have to get protection sometimes to attend emergencies for fear of attack by gangs.Just brought to mind driving years ago in my old hometown in the UK & as I turned the corner I ran into a huge gang of shaven headed white kids throwing bricks at the poor firemen and wrecked their truck ,the guys had come to rescue the landlord of a local pub ..the kids had set fire to that too ! It shows that poverty & deprivation in disenfranchised communities….the problems are the same the world over ! Even look like the same houses !

kiki-bee
kiki-bee
December 2, 2020 2:19 pm

a very good and controvers movie…..thank you very much admin!

shadyshady
shadyshady
December 4, 2020 2:29 pm

“can you fully sympathise with him?” what kind of a thing is that to say? a joke? of course i fully sympathise with him, what decent human being wouldnt. he had no part in this other than the fact he was forced through threat, and some violence. he also knew what these men were capable of, and they could easily have turned him into their next victim had he not played his role as instructed at any point. they traumatized and ruined him. his empathy shows tears streaming down his face over and over, unable to catch his breath. he was never once complicit. desensitized? it all affected him so severely that at one point he was on drugs to cope. as far as i am concerned, he is completely innocent. his true nature does not even resemble those men.

Santi
Santi
December 8, 2020 5:21 am

Great film, 5/5! There’s so much shit going on that whole two hours felt like 30 minutes, Jesus this was awesome!

ass eater 223
ass eater 223
December 24, 2020 3:38 am

amen thank you jesus -enrico pucci

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  ass eater 223
December 24, 2020 9:59 am

Ass Eater 223, are you a male or female ass eater, or both?

ass eater 223
ass eater 223
Reply to  Zed Man
December 25, 2020 8:47 pm

i am god

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  ass eater 223
December 26, 2020 9:32 am

Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. What sort of god eats ass? You are obviously delusional and/or need psychiatric help.

ass eater 223
ass eater 223
Reply to  Zed Man
January 3, 2021 6:36 am

Thank you for your observation of my mental state I love you baby girl <3

Glum.Sullen
Glum.Sullen
Reply to  Zed Man
July 19, 2021 6:01 am

You take yourself much too seriously.

Jesus
Jesus
Reply to  ass eater 223
January 16, 2021 3:27 am

I knew it

Badmoviebilly
Badmoviebilly
January 26, 2021 10:45 am

I can deal with the homophobia but leave the dog out of it.

ruby rain
ruby rain
Reply to  Badmoviebilly
August 22, 2021 5:03 am

he’s definitely out of it ????

Jay
Jay
January 29, 2021 1:55 am

All I have to say is that this was a very well crafted film.

Baby girl girl
Baby girl girl
March 2, 2021 7:10 am

Do not recommend. made no sense. 7/10

Jason Melaas
Jason Melaas
April 19, 2021 12:48 am

should Jamie be released?

Bcm
Bcm
April 27, 2021 10:30 am

there is a movie i dont remember the name but maybe if i describe it a little maybe it would help if someone out there know it’s title. the story goes like this a brother or maybe a friend he is young and does surfing then the dad comes home and find this guy doing bad things to his little child daughter then he takes him to basement and torture the shit out of him. i really liked that movie so much potential in it and i hate pedophiles to blood. and if i catch monster like that in real i will do the same to him or her if they wronged a child. children is sacred and flowers of our future. and there is a similar movie like the one i talked about too were to couple lose their child to a child molestor and they also torture him at basement but turn out to be the wrong guy. nvm the first movie i talked about is this haha i jumped to conclusion before i gave the movie some time to reveal itself hahahaha

Vic
Vic
June 19, 2021 12:30 am

Daniel Henshall (who plays John Bunting) is perfect for this role. Truly frightening. Good movie. Recommended. There is a documentary about the Snowtown Murders that is more frightening and graphic than this film.

breh
breh
August 20, 2021 9:53 am

Man, I really wanted to like this movie, but I just found it really boring. I can definitely see why people like it though.

ruby rain
ruby rain
August 22, 2021 4:59 am

so she finds out that her ex did some fucked up shit to her kids and freaks out then a new guy show’s up with a motorcycle and she just pops her kid on a motorcycle and let’s him drive away with him what a great mother. ha ha ha shoves the kids head lol.you had your dinner now fuck off i’m fucking dying

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
January 11, 2022 10:19 pm

Imaginati.va sa fiti o mama singura cu 3 copii,sa iti gasesti in sfarsit pe cineva care crezi ca e ok,si mai tarziu sa iti abuzeze sexual copiii…cred ca as face crima pentru asta. Film inspirat din realitate.

nope
nope
June 5, 2022 8:37 pm

There was a subplot based on actual events, which revealed Robert and Barry as lovers in the past. It was cut, but it can be found on the DVD deleted scenes.
from the imdb page. would love to see it because we cant see much of robert wagner in this

Rumpelcasiel
Rumpelcasiel
June 6, 2022 12:32 am

Everything that punish pedo and rape it´s ok. Because punishing it´s where you can actually desensitize yourself and allow it to others

charley m
charley m
July 13, 2022 8:33 pm

The only truth that this movie portrays is there is a small country town called snowtown and some murders were committed there, the rest is fantasy , the people were killed for their dole ( unemployment benifits ) . The reason I know is adelaide was my home town and I thought of the same idea, loners dont get noticed much , and loners usually have a back story, it’s just a movie very very loosely based on a true story

olmate
olmate
July 26, 2022 6:46 am

Why does everyone seem think they killed only pedophiles? A good majority of the victims were innocent people that Bunting picked out cause they looked weak or vulnerable. Bunting didn’t care about actual pedophiles, he just wanted to torture people regardless of what they did. Saying he did it to protect children was a complete fucking lie from a deluded psychopath.