When the film Snowtown was released in 2011, the psychic wound borne by some South Australians was still open and raw. Ten years had not been long enough to erase the memories from their minds, of the crimes that had taken place in their neighbourhoods or the ghastly headlines they confronted during the trials.
Director Justin Kurzel and screenwriter Shaun Grant, however, wanted to go beyond the headlines. They wanted to tell a story that would go some way to explaining how the men involved could have done what they did, and offer insight into what motivated their acts of brutality.
To learn how he came to write his screenplay and understand how he came to see the men behind the monsters, I spoke to Shaun Grant.
Read now: Snowtown: an adaptation
Article published in the April 2013 edition of ACTWrite magazine, by the ACT Writers Centre.