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  • 18
  • Crime, Drama
  • 1994
  • 98 mins

Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures


An intoxicatingly intense murder story with lesbian overtones, based on the real-life case that shocked 50s New Zealand


Recognising a fellow romantic, privileged Juliet (Winslet) befriends Pauline (Lynskey). Based on their obsession with literary and cinematic fantasy the relationship develops into something more sinister as the girls summon up a mythological playground for their imaginations. The respective families attempt to separate the pair, with tragic results.

Jackson, who made his name at the helm of flesh-rippers Bad Taste and Braindead, surprised everybody with this mesmerizing portrayal of a true story. His creation of the mindscape in which the girls live is as disorientating and surreal as a daydream.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Simon O'Connor, Clive Merrison, Melanie Lynskey, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Kate Winslet
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Writer: Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson
  • Producer: Jim Booth
  • Photographer: Alun Bollinger

In a nutshell

The first Peter Jackson film to show his interests go beyond simply splatter and gore. Magical.

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