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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

The modern film biz has a fas­ci­na­tion with se­rial killers and their wicked ways, but many film­mak­ers have had a ten­dency to glam­or­ise them rather than show the evil at its most raw and un­com­pro­mis­ing – not so with Snow­town. This dark hor­ror about Aus­tralia’s worst se­rial mur­der case, the in­fa­mous ‘‘ bod­ies in the bar­rels’’ mur­ders in South Aus­tralia in the 1990s, shows the dam­age evil can do both psy­cho­log­i­cally and phys­i­cally . . . and then some. The ac­tion takes place on the north­ern fringes of Ade­laide where charis­matic psy­cho John Bunting ( Daniel Hen­shall) strikes up a close friend­ship with an abused teenager ( Lu­cas Pit­t­away), be­com­ing a men­tor for the young man and slowly in­tro­duc­ing him to a world of vig­i­lante-type jus­tice and sadis­tic mur­der for profit. A won­der­fully crafted film, it’s dra­mat­i­cally in­tense and ex­plo­sive. This makes for dif­fi­cult view­ing – near im­pos­si­ble in the film’s key mur­der scene – but the per­for­mances are uni­ver­sally ter­rific and it does get right into your head. Ex­tras: Di­rec­tor’s commentary, deleted scenes with op­tional di­rec­tor’s commentary, cast/ crew in­ter­views, cast­ing footage, short film and trailer. NOT VIEWED.

SNOW­TOWN ( MA)

★ ★ ★ ★ ■

Stars: Daniel Hen­shall, Lu­cas Pit­t­away, Craig Coyne, Richard Green Di­rec­tor: Justin Kurzel Avail­able: Wed­nes­day on DVD and BD

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