Based on the ‘Bodies in Barrels’ murders committed by John Bunting and cohorts, Snowtown shoots in real places (just north of Adelaide) with actual residents.
Bunting, brilliantly played by Daniel Henshall, is a terrifying presence, and the crimes – sometimes recreated obliquely, sometimes protractedly – are punishing to witness.
But Justin Kurzel’s debut is most impressive at painting a grim portrait of a community ravaged by poverty, drugs and violence.
The toughest Oz offering since The Boys, Snowtown also shares themes with Animal Kingdom – minus genre trappings. Extras unavailable.