A starkly original film-going experience based on a true life story, this film from New Zealand director Peter Jackson (Dead Alive, The Frighteners_) is a stirring drama that offers up the unexpected. The story concerns two girls, outcasts who become best friends, whose bizarre fantasy life becomes more intense as their bond becomes increasingly more obsessive. When the mother of one of the girls tries to intervene and split the girls apart, they kill her and stand trial for murder in what is to this day still a celebrated and controversial case. Kate Winslet (_Titanic) and Melanie Lynskey create two sympathetic and yet uncomfortably eerie characters in riveting portrayals. Featuring some startling and unique moments of visual brilliance as well as a disturbing love story between the two girls, Heavenly Creatures is at once both unsettling and beautiful to behold. —Robert Lane
Peter Jackson made history with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, becoming the first person to direct three major feature films simultaneously. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King were nominated for and collected a slew of awards from around the globe, including 17 Academy Awards®, 12 British Academy of Film and Television Awards and four Golden Globes.
It was for The Return of the King that Jackson received his most impressive collection of awards. This included three Academy Awards® (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture), two Golden Globes (Best Director and Best Motion Picture-Drama), three BAFTAs (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film and Audience Award), a Directors Guild Award, a Producers Guild Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award.
As a follow-up to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in 2005 Jackson directed, wrote and produced King Kong for Universal Pictures. The film grossed over $500 million and won three… read more
A surreal (almost magical) journey through the maddening friendship and love between two teenage girls in 1950s New Zealand. The unholstered camera work and the inventive dream-world of the girls makes for a pretty surprising viewing to say the least. A fantastic breakout performance from Winslet, and a superb soundtrack full to the brim with croons and operas. As dark and true as it is, this film is truly creative.
After thinking about it for a few days, this has become one of my favorites. Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet enact one of the most endearing friendships/romances ever put to the screen, writing letters… read review
Heavenly Creatures is chilling in every sense of the word. This movie is just incredible. To have early Peter Jackson, coupled with the introduction of Kate Winslet and the use of a terrific, underrated… read review