4 IT'S NOT A PRETTY PICTURE!SECTION8 | 23/03/2012 | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer We have all seen the advertisements on TV of "Come to Australia for your holidays life it's pardise in the land of oz!"...... well there's a flip side to this and Snowtown is it!Based on the Bodies in barrels murders committed in 1998 by John Bunting and cohorts, Snowtown shoots in real locations (Just north of Adelaide) with actual residents. Bunting, brilliantly played by Daniel Henshall, is a truly terrifying presence and the crimes are sometimes recreated obliquely, sometimes protractedly are punishing to watch. But Justin Kurzel's debut is most impressive at painting a very grim portrait of a community ravaged by poverty, drugs, violence and behind closed doors abuse of the worst nature. This is the toughest Oz offering since The Boys, Snowtown also shares themes with the outstanding Animal Kingdom.It's a very tough film to watch, as the grimness realy digs deep under the skin and it's a film that has the overall effect of being hit by a sledge hammer as after viewing you feel you'll need a bath to scrum away the grime of what you have just watched, and although the close door ending is uncompromising it's the excellent performances by the leads that linger just as much as the actual shocking facts.See if you like......Animal Kingdom.The Slap.Henry A Portait Of a Serial Kiler.Jeremy Kyle.