Actors: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse
Director: Peter Jackson
From Gay Essential
Released in 1994, Heavenly Creatures is a psychological drama which is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hume, two teenage girls who are separated and murder the former’s mother. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, the crime film was directed and co-written by Peter Jackson.
“The insight of “Heavenly Creatures” is that sometimes people are capable of committing acts together that they could not commit by themselves.”
— Roger Ebert
“Journalists, hungry to capitalize on the Rieper/Hulme case, went in search for either of the two women. While Pauline was never located, Juliet was discovered to be prospering in Scotland as a bestselling murder mystery author using the pen name of Anne Perry. Considering the events chronicled in Heavenly Creatures, this makes a bizarre and ironically appropriate postscript.”
“Jackson opens his hyperkinetic film with a documentary clip detailing the sedate city of Christchurch, where the events took place. It’s the only chance to catch your breath before Jackson jump-cuts to the immediate aftermath of the crime, with a bloody Pauline and Juliet running through Victoria Park after bludgeoning Pauline’s mother, Honora (a memorably poignant Sarah Peirse), with a rock wrapped in a stocking.”
- Format: Limited Edition, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
- Run Time: 98 minutes
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