Unless you are Australian, you probably will not have heard of the true life serial killings on which this drama is based. No matter, the film unfolds as a study in violence in depravity with the young Jamie (Pittway) at its centre. As such, it is compelling and at times mesmeric.
Sexually abused and generally neglected, Jamie is easy pickings for John (Henshall), a charismatic figure who seems to offer the promise of fatherly mentorship. Unfortunately, mentorship in this case soon escalates from throwing dismembered kangaroo up a paedophile's front porch... to dismembering paedophiles.
So far so sympathetic then, since many viewers may feel that this is no more than they deserve. Unfortunately, it becomes evident that John's motives are more to do with bullying and self aggrandisement than making Australia safe for kiddies.
The film is not easy on the eye, but is intelligently directed, with powerful performances all round. At times it seems to drag a little, but this does have the effect of furthering the viewer's sense of being immersed in the tawdry milieu of the killer and his acolytes.
An original film, not for those feeling down at, or faint of, heart.