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The Parker–Hulme murder occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand on June 22; 1954. The story of the murder is said to be loosely adapted into the French film Don't Deliver Us from Evil and more faithfully into Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures.

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Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 fantasy thriller New Zealand film, directed by Peter Jackson and written by Fran Walsh, it is based on the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme Murder, committed by two teenager girls in Christchurch, New Zealand. The film features Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Parker, Kate Winslet as Juliet Hulme and Sara Pierse as Honora Reiper and deals with the obsessive relationship between two teenage girls, Pauline and Juliet, who vow to murder Pauline’s mother in order to avoid a potential separation when the mother fears their relationship is bordering lesbianism.

The film departs strongly, stylistically and dramatically to Jackson’s former films, which where mostly graphic horror productions — however retains his elaborate fantasy sequences, used in the film to show the fantasy world of Pauline and Juliet. Heavenly Creatures open to critical acclaim in 1994 at the Venice Film Festival, celebrated for its visual effects and acting from the then-newcomers and the directing achieved by Jackson. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Lion for Best Director and the Jury Grand Prize for Best Film. Due to the film's success in advance screenings, studio executives decided to distribute it in a much wider release than ever before internationally, rather than just New Zealand and the United States. It launched the career of Winslet — who went on to became a major star, while Lynskey has only earnt moderate success outside of her native New Zealand.



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