Sixteen-year-old Jamie feels isolated by the poverty of his surroundings, his lack of a father figure, and his mother's preoccupation with his younger, more demanding brothers. So when he falls in with the charismatic and much older John, he is slowly drawn into John's world of homophobia, violence, and murder.
'The article focuses on n Australian film director and screenwriter Justin Kurzel. Topics include charismatic nature of the heroes and villains of Kurzel's films including John Bunting, the psychotic Messiah in "Snowtown," Kurzel's fascination with leaders which is a confessional undertone of the need for directors to be autocrats, and why Kurzel finds films as very visceral. Also mentioned is Kurzel's adaptation of "Macbeth" which sheds the moral qualms that inhibit Shakespeare's character.' (Publication summary)
Snowtown received a Special Mention from the President of the Jury at Critics' Week at the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival.