I saw this movie about a year ago, and was shocked at the violent gang-rape scene. I found this scene very disturbing. I recently read a book on the gang-rape and murder of Leigh-Leigh, in 1989. This is a true story that the movie was based on. After reading this book, I was saddened and disturbed that this film was based this event. The Leigh-Leigh case, was in no doubt, a vicious, cold-blooded and unforgiveable act of brutality on an innocent 14-year old life, which can not be justified in anyway. Yet the portrayal of certain characters and ideas in the movie expresses the idea that perhaps the crime is justifiable. The murderer in the film is portrayed as a 'nice' guy who should be sympathised with. The murderer's reasoning for his crime is that the victim hugged him, or as he describes "came on to him", and then refused to have sex with him, so he smashed her head against a rock, killing her. This event occured only a couple of hours after the victim had been gang-raped by four guys. Yet, the murderer is still a legend because he's everyone's mate. The main character Jared, witnesses the gang-rape and makes no attempt to stop it, and when the rapists have fled and the victim is left alone, bleeding and crying on the beach, he still fails to do anything! As the rapists are Jared's mates, he can't dob them in. However at the end of the film Jared helps clean the victim's grave, after the word 'slut' is grafited on it, so the closing scene leaves us with the final impression of 'Jared the Hero'. The film illustrates, mateship is more important than anything, and you can never burn your mates, even if it could prevent the gang-rape and murder of a little girl.