Snowtown (Kurzel, 2011): Vue West End, Leicester Square, 8.15pm
This film is also on at Vue West End on Tuesday 18th at 12.15pm. Details here.
The movie is screening as part of the London Film Festival. Here is my general introduction to the festival. Over the length of the festival I will pick a film a day. I am as confident as I can be that this is the pick of the movies within the parameters I have set - the movies you are likely to get a ticket for and the ones you are unlikely to see in London very soon unless you go to the festival.
Time Out review:
'The disturbing intensity of Justin Kurzel’s film about Australia’s infamous ‘Bodies in the Barrels’ murders is made bearable only by his controlled direction and mostly oblique presentation of the actual killings. With the exception of one shockingly revealing scene, Kurzel’s probing camera and Shaun Grant’s incisive script focus instead on an Adelaide family afflicted by social deprivation and dysfunctional relationships. These help to explain how vulnerable 16-year-old Jamie Vlassakis (Lucas Pittaway) came under the malign influence of plausible psychopath John Bunting (Daniel Henshall). When Bunting moves in with Jamie's mother, he brings stability to her children's lives – but he also becomes the self-appointed spokesman for the marginalised community, a deprived underclass seething with anti-gay and anti-paedophile prejudices. Kurzel and ‘Animal Kingdom’ cinematographer Adam Arkapaw eschew that film’s flashy affectations and generic trappings, to create something closer to Ken Loach’s sympathetically observed social dramas.'
Here is the trailer.