Nitram
Still from Nitram.

Nitram

classified 15
Film

Please note: This was screened in July 2022

Director
Justin Kurzel
Cast
Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Anthony LaPaglia
Details
112 mins, 2021, Australia
Primary language
English

Based on the true story of one of Australia’s worst mass shootings, Justin Kurzel's intensely disquieting film tells the story of 28-year-old Martin Bryant who, in 1996, went on a shooting rampage in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 23 others.

Nitram (Caleb Landry-Jones) – which is Martin spelt backwards – lives with his mother (Judy Davis) and father (Anthony LaPaglia) in suburban Australia in the mid-90s. He lives a life of isolation and frustration at never being able to fit in or get a job or a social life. That is until he unexpectedly finds a close friend in a reclusive heiress, Helen (Essie Davis) and he experiences connections beyond his family.

However a couple of tragic incidents means Nitram loses his friend and as his loneliness and anger grows, he begins a slow descent into a nightmare that culminates in the most destructive of acts.

A film of eerie, queasy foreboding with an astoundingly powerful performance from Landry-Jones as Nitram.