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Heavenly Creatures is based on the true story of two girls, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, who murder Parker’s mother in Victoria Park, Christchurch in 1954. The girls come from very different backgrounds but share a love of fantasy. Their friendship quickly blossoms into an exclusive society of two, which includes their own religion, a mythical kingdom and a love of Mario Lanza.

“While there is some morphing and a whole range of special effects in Heavenly Creatures, it’s not a special- effects movie. Certainly the other films I’ve made have been effects films and everybody talks about the effects in them. But I imagine most reviews of Heavenly Creatures won’t even mention the effects. They are not that ostentatious or prominent. Most people won’t even realise they are effects” - (Peter Jackson in, Cinema Papers, April 1994)

“Just as unsettling is the way Jackson and fellow scriptwriter Frances Walsh so completely identify with the girls’ viewpoint. Castles and magical kingdoms, about which Pauline and Juliet fantasise, rise before our very eyes. The girls dance with full- size nightmare figures. In swift wish- fulfilment sequences, troublesome, intrusive adults are impaled on spikes. A very mobile camera tracks, dollies, cranes and scuttles around the girls as they frolic, coming close to reproducing the type of delirium they are experiencing. But there’s an awful tension built into all this. The fact is, Pauline’s mother Honora emerges as the film’s most sympathetic character. She is played by Sarah Pierse as a concerned, compassionate mum, inarticulate but painfully worried about her daughter and trying to do her best for her. Any pleasure we take in the film’s fantasy element has to be measured against the sheer ugliness of Honora’s murder” - (Nicholas Reid, “Heavenly Jackson”, North & South)

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Year 1994

Reference number F27819

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:45:00

Production company Wingnut Films

Credits Cast: Melanie Lynskey
Cast: Kate Winslet
Cast: Sarah Pierse
Cast: Diana Kent
Cast: Clive Merrison
Cast: Simon O’Connor
Cast: Jed Brophy
Cast: Peter Elliott
Cast: Gilbert Goldie
Cast: Geoffrey Heath
Cast: Kirsty Ferry
Cast: Ben Skjellerup
Cast: Moreen Easen
Cast: Elizabeth Moody
Cast: Liz Mullane
Director: Peter Jackson
Producer: Jim Booth
Writer: Frances Walsh
Writer: Peter Jackson
Director of Photography: Alun Bollinger
Production Designer: Grant Major
1st Assistant Director: Carolynne Cunningham
Editor: Jamie Selkirk
Production Manager: Honor Byrne
Location Manager: Martin Long
Production Co Ordinator: Jacqui Wood
Props Buyer: Meryl Cronin
Set Dresser: Meryl Cronin
Costume Designer: Ngila Dickson
Sound Recordist: Hammond Peek
Digital Effects Operator: George Port
Prosthetics: Richard Taylortania Rodger
Effects: Richard Taylor
Effects: Tania Rodger
Visual Effects: Weta Ltd
Music Composed: Peter Dasent
Funded By: New Zealand Film Commission

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