Heavenly Creatures from hell
Lydia Burney Response number: 3
Heavenly Creatures Directed by: Peter Jackson
Text type: Film Male
Critical reputation: yes Historical, 1954
From the director of Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles and Dead Alive, comes a movie of slightly better taste. Peter Jackson’s cult classic, Heavenly Creatures promises a morbidly entrancing, thrilling story from the first scene, and the rest of the film doesn’t disappoint. Jackson recreates the events leading up to the real Parker – Hulme murder from an entirely unique point of view. This stirring drama offers up the tales of Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) and Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) for the public to consume.
Driven together by their outcast status Parker and Hulme become best friends; friends being a lightly used term as it is more of an obsession with each other. Together they create the “fourth world” which in Hulme’s opinion is “Sort of like heaven. Only better…” Parker and Hulme are drawn more and more into their fourth world as the intensity of their friendship expands. Eventually at the peak of their haunting partnership Pauline’s mother tries to separate the, and as a result of this they decide that the only rational solution is to murder her. As Pauline wrote: “The next time I write in this diary mother will be dead. How odd… yet how pleasing.” The way they decide to resolve this issue with murder is the perfect insight into the conviction of two girls in love.
Heavenly Creatures received strong critical acclaim at the 1994 Venice Film Festival; in fact it was one of the best – received films of the year, getting an Academy Award nomination for Best – original screen – play. One of the things noted by the critics as “Brilliantly perfect” was the acting, and I have to agree with them. The first time actors Kate Winslet (Juliet Hulme) and Melanie Lynskey (Pauline Parker) are faultless in their acting. Winslet convincingly...