Jamie, 16, lives with his mother in a shady neighborhood where violence, unemployment and sexual abuse creep in. All of this changes when John Bunting walks into their lives. He is charismatic, fascinating, and Jamie loves him like the dad he’s never known. Completely under his spell, it will take him time to understand that his mentor is the most dangerous serial killer Australia has ever known. –Semaine de la critique
Justin has worked extensively in film and theatre as a director and designer. He is a graduate of the NIDA Design course and of Film Directing at Victorian College of Arts, where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Postgraduate Student. Justin’s VCA graduating film Blue Tongue was selected for the Cannes International Film Festival and won Best Australian Short Film, Cinevex Award for Best Direction, Film Victoria Award for Best Film and Best Student Production at the Melbourne International Film Festival the same year. In 2005 Justin joined Sydney’s prestigious CHERUB PICTURES (Chopper) run by Michele Bennett and has been directing commercials for some of the largest agencies in Australia, winning a titanium and bronze at Cannes Lions. He’s also directed award-winning music videos including He’s A Rocker for The Vines as well as Pulse (IVY LEAGUE) and Bell (IVY LEAGUE) for The Mess Hall, which won Best Music Clip at St Kilda Film Festival in 2008 and 2010.
In 2010. Justin was… read more
wow! another unsettling hillbilly movie. from the first minutes on you feel the anguish and unease of this movie. the discomfort is present in every shot of the movie. it's one of those kind of movies where you feel 'reality' in the shots, reality and not hollywood palliation in the shots. i don't know why, but movies that discomfort me in that manner, soothe me in another way.
This chilling, well-made film left me feeling pummeled and bruised. It's reminiscent of The Honeymoon Killers, The Tenderness of Wolves, and At Close Range, but honestly there are things in this film that I have never seen anywhere before. That doesn't prevent it from ending up slightly repetitive and a bit pointless. Still, it's effective and above average.
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British critics are rattled by Kurzel’s debut about the Australian “Bodies in Barrels” murders.
It wouldn´t be fair to rate “Snowtown” once I couldn´t stand to watch it whole, thus what I present here is only a general – and precarious, we can say – view on Justin Kurzel´s film about the worst… read review
Incredible mastery of Tone/Mood, Music, Cinematography, Natural Performances, & Pacing. Incredibly grim subject matter handled just as it should be (i.e not sensationalized—so not for the faint… read review