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Summary: 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 initially welcomed however as events occur around him, including the disappearance of several people, Jamie begins to harbour deep suspicions about John and his motivations. When the truth is finally revealed to Jamie his hopes of happiness are threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his father-figure John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer.
Runtime: 119 min
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Production: Screen Australia
Genres: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Country: Australia
Language: English
Home Release Date: Aug 14, 2012
Director Credit
Justin Kurzel Director
Writer Credit
Andrew McGarry Writer
Debi Marshall Writer
Justin Kurzel Story
Shaun Grant Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Daniel Henshall John Bunting
Louise Harris Elizabeth Harvey
Lucas Pittaway Jamie Vlassakis
Cast Credit
Aaron Viergever Robert
Allan Chapple Prayer Reader
Anthony Groves Troy
Beau Gosling David
Bob Adriaens Gavin
Brendan Rock Marcus
Bryan Sellars Minister
Denis Davey Guitar Player
Frank Cwiertniak Jeffrey
Marcus Howard Alex
Matthew Howard Nicholas
Richard Green Barry
Producer Credit
Anna McLeish Producer
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