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Controversial film on Port Arthur massacre wins Cannes Film Festival prize

Caleb Landry Jones, the man who portrayed the Port Arthur mass murderer in the Australian film Nitram, has won the Best Actor award at the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is the first Australian film to be chosen for the prestigious competition in a decade. Still, its focus on chronicling the perpetrator’s life has upset some of the survivors. Port Arthur municipality Mayor Kelly Spaulding told SBS News the award brings up old wounds.

I would have been happier if it had never been made,” she said of the film.

“It doesn’t help our area in a positive light. It still hurts for many of us down here, and we don’t want any more negativity. People go through the same feelings, and it brings back those same memories.” Thirty-five people were killed, and 23 others were injured when a lone gunman went on a shooting spree at the historic Tasmanian site in April 1996. Rather than focus on violence.

The film delves deep into the psychological reasons behind it and depicts the attacker’s pre-murder existence. Screenwriter Shaun Grant said he thought very carefully about how to approach the subject matter for a film. It took me a long time to decide to write it, it was an idea that was in my head for many years, and I was very trepidations about it because of the sensitivity of the subject matter. Still, it was something I felt very passionate about, and I think there is an important message in the film,” the told reporters in Cannes. Caleb Landry Jones was pictured with the Best Actor Award during the closing ceremony of the 74th annual Cannes Film Festival.


During the production, some survivors of the massacre expressed outrage over the film, raising concerns it would glorify the murderer. In December last year, Justin Woolley, a survivor of the killings and actual crime author, told The Feed that the film’s focus on the perpetrator of the horrific event is “tasteless. The language in the announcement of this film that it will

be a ‘study of one of the darkest chapters in Australian history’, and will focus on the study of a man being driven to do something so horrific, immediately raised alarm bells,” Mr Woolley said. American actor Caleb Landry Jones said it was “rather daunting” playing the role of a mass murderer. “It was very evident that people were going to be angry,” he told reporters in Cannes. “Some people probably pegged the film to be a certain kind of movie. But it is a compassionate piece and very respectfully made.

Molly Aronson

Molly Aronson is a 26-year-old government politician who enjoys bowling, running and jigsaw puzzles. She is creative and exciting, but can also be very greedy and a bit greedy.She is an australian Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a post-graduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics. She is allergic to grasshoppers.

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