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The movie that saw splatter-king Peter Jackson lauded by a whole new audience was born from Fran Walsh's long fascination with the Parker-Hulme case: two teenagers who invented imaginary worlds, wrote under imaginary personas, and in June 1954 murdered Pauline Parker's mother. Walsh and Jackson's kinetic vision of friendship, creativity and tragedy was greeted with Oscar nominations, deals with indie powerhouse Miramax, and rhapsodic acclaim for the film, and newbies Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. Time magazine and 30 other publications named it one of the year's 10 best films.


A perspective by Bianca Zander 13.02.2012

Peter Jackson's fourth feature is acknowledged as a radical departure for the director best known — and beloved — for his entertaining tales of splatter and satire (

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 Peter Jackson
 Jim Booth
 Fran Walsh

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...combines original vision, a drop-dead command of the medium and a successful marriage between a dazzling, kinetic techno-show and a complex, credible portrait of the out-of-control relationship between the crime’s two schoolgirl perpetrators. 
The film's serendipitous stroke was to find Winslet and, especially, Lynskey, a first-time actress. They are perfect, fearless in embodying teenage hysteria.... In Heavenly Creatures the sad creatures whom Pauline and Juliet must have been in real life are alchemized into figures of horror and beauty. They become the stuff of thrilling popular art. 
What interested us was to show these two 15-year-old girls with no other agenda than to be as accurate as we possibly could, and to somehow imagine what was going on inside their minds. 


1996 London Critics Circle Film Awards
Director of the Year: Peter Jackson
British Actress of the Year: Kate Winslet
Nominated for Film of the Year

1995 New Zealand Film and Televison Awards
Best Director: Peter Jackson
Screenplay: Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson
Actress: Melanie Lynskey
Foreign Performer: Kate Winslet
Supporting Actress: Sarah Peirse
Editing: Jamie Selkirk
Design: Grant Major
Contribution to Design: Richard Taylor, George Port
Film Score: Peter Dasent
Soundtrack: Mike Hopkins, Greg Bell, Mike Hedges

Nominated for Best Film, Cinematography (Alun Bollinger), Male Performance in a Supporting Role (Simon O'Connor) and Best Foreign Performance (Diana Kent, Kate Winslet and Clive Merrison)

1995 Academy Awards
Nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson

1995 Writers Guild of America
Nominated for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson

1995 Chlotrudis Awards (United States)
Nominated for Supporting Actress: Sarah Peirse

1995 Gerardmer Film Festival (France)
Grand Prize for Best Film

1994 Venice Film Festival
Silver Lion

1994 Toronto International Film Festival
Metro Media Award