Snowtown | A

2011 | Justin Kurzel

Snowtown is almost as hard to write about as it is to watch. It is unrelentingly bleak, depressing and persistent in its vision to leave us stranded and helpless. Daniel Henshall is captivating as John Bunting, Australia’s most notorious serial killer, responsible for the deaths of eleven people and sentenced to eleven consecutive life sentences without the possibility for parole. Basing all opinion stated simply from the film, Bunting is, bluntly, an evil man; the true definition of a psychopath. Henshall captures the charismatic demeanour of Bunting perfectly, as he intrigues Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) and the viewer to the point of grim tragedy. Continue reading “Snowtown | A”

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Animal Kingdom | A

2010 | David Michôd

Inspired by the Pettingills, a real-life Melbourne-based crime family, writer/director David Michôd’s debut feature was a refreshing change for the Australian film industry. Not because its an industry which lacks quality, but because it lacks quality which succeeds. Animal Kingdom was a resounding critical and financial success both in Australia and overseas and is revered not because it is a great Australian film, but because it is a great film, period. Continue reading “Animal Kingdom | A”

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The Rover | A

2014 | David Michôd

Drawing obvious yet unrealistic comparisons to Mad Max, director David Michôd’s post-apocalyptic film about a man and his car is really all the two films have in common. Set in the not-too-distant future, shortly after a global financial collapse, Eric (Guy Pearce) has his car stolen by a gang shortly after a robbery gone wrong. While chasing them down he meets Reynolds (aka Rey, played by Robert Pattinson) who becomes his half-unwilling accomplice in revenge. Continue reading “The Rover | A”

The Rover | A