Snowtown Murders (2011)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 20

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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?

19 thoughts on “Snowtown Murders (2011)

  • November 28, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    I went to the same school as Jamie Vlassakis. He was on the badminton team.

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    • November 29, 2020 at 1:25 am
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      ? 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?

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    • December 2, 2020 at 2:48 am
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      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 !

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      • December 2, 2020 at 9:33 am
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        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).

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  • November 29, 2020 at 3:40 am
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    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.

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  • November 29, 2020 at 3:52 am
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    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.

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    • December 1, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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      You have major problems my friend..go and take a good long look in the mirror !

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    • December 4, 2020 at 2:37 pm
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      You sound fucked up enough to be in one of these movies, cunt.

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    • December 7, 2020 at 4:26 am
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      wow – pretty fucked up words coming from ugly guy who is maybe over weight and totally useless !

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  • December 2, 2020 at 2:41 am
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    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 !

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  • December 2, 2020 at 2:19 pm
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    a very good and controvers movie…..thank you very much admin!

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  • December 4, 2020 at 2:29 pm
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    “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.

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  • December 8, 2020 at 5:21 am
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    Great film, 5/5! There’s so much shit going on that whole two hours felt like 30 minutes, Jesus this was awesome!

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  • December 24, 2020 at 3:38 am
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    amen thank you jesus -enrico pucci

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    • December 24, 2020 at 9:59 am
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      Ass Eater 223, are you a male or female ass eater, or both?

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        • December 26, 2020 at 9:32 am
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          Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. What sort of god eats ass? You are obviously delusional and/or need psychiatric help.

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          • January 3, 2021 at 6:36 am
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            Thank you for your observation of my mental state I love you baby girl <3

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