Snowtown

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Jamie lives with his mother, Elizabeth, and two younger brothers, Alex and Nicholas, in a housing trust home in Adelaide's northern suburbs. Their home is but one of many sun-starved houses crammed together to cater for a disenfranchised society. Jamie longs for an escape from the violence and hopelessness that surrounds him and his salvation arrives in the form of John, a charismatic man who unexpectedly comes to his aid. As John spends more and more time with Jamie's family, Elizabeth and her boys begin to experience a stability and sense of family that they have never known. John moves from the role of Jamie's protector to that of a mentor, indoctrinating Jamie into his world, a world brimming with bigotry, righteousness and malice. Like a son mimicking his father, Jamie soon begins to take on some of John's traits and beliefs as he spends more and more time with him and his select group of friends. The protection and guidance that John presents to Jamie is initiall
Director(s): Justin Kurzel
Production: IFC Films
  22 wins & 22 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Metacritic:
66
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
119 min
£607,110
Website
984 Views


[BANGING METALLIC SOUND]

JAMIE ( V.O ):

I keep having this dream...

where I wake up in my bed...

and all I can hear is this yapping.

I go in the hall...

and I see this guy

sitting in a chair.

He's got a cap on him

and his head's down...

so I can't see his face.

I yell at him...

but the guy won't look at me.

And the yapping is

getting louder and louder.

I walk down and say,

'Hey mate, you alright?'

And he just sits there,

says nothing.

I lift his head up

with my hands...

and he's got this cut

across his neck.

It looks like a big

f***ing mouth.

I lean down closer...

and I see this Chihuahua...

sitting inside his neck...

looking back at me...

yapping.

Yapping at me.

[METALLIC BANGING

FADES OUT]

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[GAMES ARCADE HUBBUB]

Oh!

[METAL CLANGING]

[KIDS SCREAMING, LAUGHING]

[VIDEO GAME PLAYS]

JEFFERY:
I was just wondering

maybe next Saturday...

whether you want to go out to dinner,

to the Chinese place?

Are you asking me out on a date?

Yeah. You know, it's really nice.

ELIZABETH:

Sounds good.

JEFFERY:

Excellent.

Take your mind

off things for a while.

Get out of the house.

F***!

- I needed to ask you, actually.

- Yep.

If you wouldn't mind.

[CLEARS THROAT] Tomorrow

night I've got to go and see the ex.

I was hoping maybe you could watch

over them for a couple of hours for me.

Anytime you want a hand like that,

I'm happy to do it.

What do you reckon?

- Honestly?

- Yeah.

[BOTH GIGGLE]

[OFFICE HUBBUB]

[WOMAN COUGHS]

[POKER MACHINE ROLLS]

[WINNING TUNE]

[POKER MACHINE ROLLS]

[BEEPS]

[POKER MACHINE ROLLS]

[POKER MACHINE ROLLS]

[WINNING TUNE]

[APPLAUSE ON TV] ANNOUNCER: Our next

challenger is a turf farmer by day...

and an entertainer by night

who dreams of winning an Oscar.

From Kandinya in Victoria,

we welcome Rowan Clancy.

TROY:
Oh f***ing hell,

Alex, your feet stink.

GAME SHOW HOST:
Now

you sell grass for a living then,

is that right mate?

CONTESTANT:

Yes, instant lawn, Glenn.

GAME SHOW HOST:

Oh, sorry, sorry.

My fault there. My fault.

[AUDIENCE GIGGLES]

But tell us more about Draculas.

That sounds like a lot of fun.

[SILENCE]

JEFFERY:
So Jamie,

how's that girl you're seeing?

She's pretty good.

Seen her lately?

- I saw her on the weekend.

- Oh yeah.

[BIRD CHIRPS]

Doing alright with her?

- Her parents like me.

- Oh yeah, you met them?

Good.

NICHOLAS:

So what's the girl's name?

JAMIE:
I'm not telling you.

You might steal her.

[NICHOLAS LAUGHS]

JEFFERY:

When are you seeing her again?

- JAMIE:
Probably on the weekend.

- JEFFERY:
Oh yeah.

[BIRD CHIRPS]

What do you reckon?

Not too bad?

NICHOLAS:
Good.

Hey Jeffery, can we watch that

kangaroo movie again?

Kangaroo movie?

Which one's that?

The one that the kangaroo hops on.

Umm...

Ohh...

JEFFERY:

Turn to your side.

Look at the camera.

JEFFERY:

Put your arms up.

Put your hands

behind your head.

JEFFERY:

Turn to me.

[BIRD CHIRPS]

[DOOR KNOCKS]

BARRY:
Hello, anyone home?

[VIDEO GAME PLAYS]

- BARRY:
Is your Mum here, mate?

- ALEX:
Yes.

BARRY:

Scratching the hairs on your arse.

[DOOR OPENS / CLOSES]

- Nice bickie?

- Yep.

You must be Elizabeth.

ELIZABETH:

I am, mate.

- You know who I am?

- I do.

- Mind if I sit down?

- Help yourself, mate.

So, nice area.

You been here long?

Yeah, I have.

So we've heard.

Mmm.

I've got something to tell you,

Dizzy Lizzie.

[VIDEO GAME PLAYS]

[UNINTELLIGIBLE CONVERSATION

IN THE BACKGROUND]

NICHOLAS:

Thanks, Mum.

Do you want eggs, boys?

Here you go, babe.

- ELIZABETH:
Sweetheart.

- Thanks, Mum.

Here, sweetheart.

[PAN CLANKS]

ELIZABETH:

Yummy?

Good boys.

ELIZABETH [YELLING]:

What have you done, Jeffery?

What have you f***ing done?

What have you f***ing done

to my f***ing boys?

What?

I said f***ing what?

What have you f***ing done?

What? What?

F***ing what?

Tell me now!

My boys!

F***ing what?

F***ing what!

Jeffery!

I'm gonna f***ing kill you!

F*** you!

F*** you!

[CRYING]

[DIAL TONE]

OPERATOR:

Northern Police.

I need to make a

statement about my boys.

OPERATOR:

What address, please?

As soon as possible, please.

[ELIZABETH SNIFFS]

ELIZABETH:
Yep.

( CONGREGATION SINGS )

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and grief to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

O what peace we often forfeit

O what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

[SINGING STOPS]

Would you bow with me in prayer.

Lord, as we depart this place in the

name of Christ Jesus...

be with us in our waking...

and our sleeping

and our raising...

and our getting up

and our going out...

until we meet again

in the week to come.

In the name of Christ Jesus.

I really miss you, you know?

I love you so much.

Give it one more try, huh?

Don't know.

I miss seeing the boys.

[ELIZABETH SIGHS]

I miss seeing you.

[DRUMS PLAYING LOUDLY]

Hey!

Cut it out.

[BRAKES SCREECHES]

Boys, inside!

[CAR DOOR OPENS / CLOSES]

Boys!

MAN ON TV #1:

You're right. I was lucky there.

- But I can't forgive him.

- MAN ON TV #2:
Well nobody's asking you to.

MAN ON TV #1:
Well what

the hell do you all want, then?

MAN ON TV #2:
I just want

you to give yourself a break.

Stop making out

like you don't care.

- MAN ON TV #1:
I don't.

- MAN ON TV #2:
That's crap, Angel.

You lost your father.

Jamie.

MAN ON TV #1:

What are you, a shrink?

MAN ON TV #2:

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