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FANGORIA will host a free New York screening of the
critically praised Australian true-crime thriller THE SNOWTOWN MURDERS (a.k.a.
SNOWTOWN) next Wednesday night, February 29 at 7 p.m., with award-winning
director Justin Kurzel attending. The special event will be held at New York
City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street;
212-924-7771). Read on for more details, pics and the trailer.
The Fango screening of SNOWTOWN will be a free show; to obtain
tickets, send an e-mail to
Based on the horrifying crimes discovered in Snowtown,
Australia in 1999, where police found dismembered bodies rotting in barrels,
SNOWTOWN 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; fueled by cigarettes and beer, they cast judgments on those around
them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he
considers deviants, and 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 killing.
Written by Shaun Grant, SNOWTOWN is an uncompromising film,
focusing on the relationship between the vulnerable teenager and his father
figure who is revealed to be the worst kind of bully. The film, which marks
Kurzel’s directorial debut, won the Jury Prize (Critics Week) at the Cannes
Film Festival, was an official entry at the Toronto International Film Festival
and took home four Australian Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Adapted
Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Reviewing the movie, Scott Foundas of Film Comment called
SNOWTOWN “Profoundly disturbing,” while Frank Hatherley of Screen International
praised it as a “triumph of naturalism.” This is one screening you do not want
to miss! SNOWTOWN will haunt you long after the final credits roll. See you at
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