Wednesday
04
Apr
7.30pm
Back Heavenly Creatures
 
Wed
04
Apr
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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 at 7.30pm
Kate Winslet season
  • Biographical crime drama
  • 1994
  • New Zealand
  • Colour
  • 97 mins.
 
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This is the film that launched the career of Kate Winslet, who within three years of appearing in this fact-based New Zealand drama was starring in Titanic. It also transformed the fortunes of director Peter Jackson, who went from making ingenious schlock horrors such as Bad Taste and Braindead to directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The real star of this masterly mix of nostalgia, innocence and menace, however, is Melanie Lynskey, who is mesmerising as the matricidal half of the teenage duo who scandalised a nation in the early 1950s. Although Winslet and Lynskey dominate the film, they are splendidly supported by Diana Kent and Clive Merrison as Winslet's parents, and by Sarah Peirse as Lynskey's ill-fated mother.

 

PLOT SUMMARY

Disturbing psychological drama, based on a real-life murder case, starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. Christchurch, New Zealand in the 1950s: two schoolgirls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, develop a close relationship based on a love of fantasy, Mario Lanza and novel writing. Their burgeoning sexuality and fertile imaginations lead them to create a magical kingdom peopled by idols and lovers. But when the adult world threatens to shatter the fantasy, the girls conspire to commit a terrible act.

David Parkinson, Radio Times Film Guide



Director:

 
Peter Jackson

Screenplay:

 
Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh [Fran Walsh]

Cast:

 
MELANIE LYNSKEY, Pauline Parker; KATE WINSLET, Juliet Hulme; SARAH PIERSE, Honora Parker; DIANA KENT, Hilda Hulme; CLIVE MERRISON, Henry Hulme; SIMON O'CONNOR, Herbert Reiper
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