HEAVENLY CREATURES

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Table of Contents.

1.............. FAQ Notes.
1.1 ...........Information on the current release of the FAQ.
1.2 ...........Highlights of new material in this release.
1.3 ...........Contacting the FAQ compiler.
1.4 ...........Submitting information for the FAQ.
1.5 ...........Requests for input and assistance.
1.6........... Acknowledgements.

2.............. Introduction to the film "Heavenly Creatures.".

3 ...............Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
3.1............ About the film "Heavenly Creatures."
3.1.1 .........Peter Jackson
3.1.2 .........The actors
3.1.3 .........The Prologue
3.1.4 .........The characters
3.1.4.1...... Names
3.1.4.2 ......The Riepers
3.1.4.3 ......The Hulmes
3.1.4.4 ......Accents and social status
3.1.4.5 ......Imaginary characters
3.1.4.6 ......Authority figures
3.1.4.7.......Lodgers and lovers.
3.1.4.8 ......School characters.
3.1.5 .........School.
3.1.5.1.......Christchurch schools and the NZ system
3.1.5.2 ......Christchurch Girls' High School.
3.1.5.3 ......The importance of school.
3.1.5.4 ......Lessons from teachers
3.1.5.5 ......Observations about school scenes
3.1.6 .........The Riepers' home - 31 Gloucester St.
3.1.7 .........The Hulmes' home - Ilam
3.1.8 .........Diseases.
3.1.9 .........Diaries, letters and fiction
3.1.10........Arts and crafts.
3.1.11 .......The relationship between Pauline & Juliet
3.1.11.1.... Questions and labels
3.1.11.2 ....Official pronouncements
3.1.11.3 ....Social and economic factors
3.1.11.4. ..."Red Herrings" - misleading clues
3.1.11.5. ...Significant clues
3.1.11.6.... Conclusions about the relationship
3.1.12 .......The "Fourth World."
3.1.13 ......."Borovnia."
3.1.14....... Foreshadowing and allusion.
3.1.15 .......Religious themes and death
3.1.16 .......Fantasies, images, dreams and symbols
3.1.16.1 ....Legs and feet and running
3.1.16.2 ....Hands
3.1.16.3 ....Bricks and shrines
3.1.16.4 ....Colours
3.1.16.5 ....Uniforms
3.1.16.6 ....Bridges
3.1.16.7 ....Telephones
3.1.16.8.... Freud
3.1.16.9.... Horses and unicorns
3.1.16.10 ..Birds and butterflies
3.1.16.11.. Borovnia, sex and violence
3.1.16.12.. Water and bathing
3.1.16.13 ..The ship
3.1.16.14 ..The pink gemstone
3.1.17 ......The murder
3.1.17.1... The aftermath (Prologue)
3.1.18.......Good, evil, blame, conscience and love
3.1.19 ......The music
3.1.19.1... Mario Lanza
3.1.20 ......References to books, films, TV and Hollywood
3.1.21...... Settings and locations.
3.1.22...... Making the film
3.1.23...... Technical aspects and special effects
3.1.24 ......Favorite things and highlights
3.1.25 ......Release information
3.1.26...... Miscellaneous questions
3.1.27...... Errors

3.2 ..........About the real people
3.2.1....... Names
3.2.2....... Hulme, Henry Rainsford
3.2.3....... Hulme, Hilda Marion
3.2.4 .......Hulme, Juliet Marion.
3.2.5 .......Parker, Honora Mary.
3.2.6 .......Parker, Pauline Yvonne
3.2.7 .......Perry, Anne
3.2.8....... Perry, Walter Andrew Bowman
3.2.9....... Rieper, Herbert Detlev
3.2.10..... Real people missing from the film
3.2.10.1...Parker, Rosemary and Templeton Farm

4 ............Comparing the film to real life
4.1 .........The Epilogue
4.2 .........Events before the film
4.3 .........Physical details
4.4 .........Events during the film but before the murder
4.5 .........Family situations.
4.6......... Evidence about the girls' relationship
4.7 .........The murder compared to real life
4.8 .........The narrative gap in the murder scenes
4.9 .........Anne Perry's statements
4.10........Opinions

5 ............"Heavenly Creatures" Database
5.1 .........Credits

5.2 .........Crew
5.2.1 ......Peter Jackson
5.2.1.......Trash City interview with Peter Jackson
5.2.2 ......Jim Booth
5.2.3 ......Hanno Huth
5.2.4 ......Frances Walsh
5.2.5 ......Alun Bollinger
5.2.6 ......Grant Major

5.3 .........Cast
5.3.1 ......Melanie Lynskey
5.3.2 ......Kate Winslet
5.3.3 ......Sarah Peirse
5.3.4 ......Simon O'Connor
5.3.5 ......Diana Kent
5.3.6 ......Clive Merrison
5.3.7 ......Peter Elliott
5.3.8 ......Other Cast

5.4 .........Locations
5.4.1 ......Ilam
5.4.2 ......Christchurch Girls' High School
5.4.3 ......Rieper residence
5.4.4 ......Canterbury University College.
5.4.5 ......Port Levy
5.4.6 ......Victoria Park
5.5 .........Special Effects

5.6 .........Music.
5.6.1.......Soundtrack recordings

5.7 .........Story and production.

5.8 .........Press articles about "Heavenly Creatures."

6 ............Other art related to the "Parker Hulme" case

6.1 ........."Daughters of Heaven."
6.1.1.......Background to "Daughters of Heaven."
6.1.2 ......Performance information
6.1.3 ......Articles about "Daughters of Heaven."
6.1.4 ......About the author.

6.2 .........Other films dealing with murderous children
6.3 .........Other films dealing with similar school themes

7 .............The real people and events of the "Parker Hulme" case
7.1 ..........List of people (by '54 names)
7.2 ..........Basic facts of the "Parker Hulme" murder

7.3 ..........Time line of important events

7.4 ..........Quotes from diaries and writings
7.4.1 .......Fiction
7.4.2 .......Poetry
7.4.3 .......Diaries

7.5 ..........Statements and testimony
7.5.1 .......Ritchie, Agnes
7.5.2 .......Ritchie, Kenneth Nelson
7.5.3 .......Rieper, Herbert Detlev
7.5.4 .......Hulme, Hilda Marion
7.5.5 .......Perry, Walter Andrew Bowman
7.5.6 .......Parker, Pauline Yvonne
7.5.7 .......Hulme, Juliet Marion

7.6 ..........Press articles contemporary with the "Parker Hulme" murder

7.7 ..........Books with material related to the case.
7.7.1 .......Extract from "Crime in New Zealand."
7.7.2 .......Extract from "Famous Criminal Cases."
7.7.3 .......Extract from "The Greatest Criminals of All Time."
7.7.4 .......Extract from "Partners in Crime.".
7.7.5 .......Extract from "Encyclopaedia of Murder."
7.7.6 .......Glamuzina & Laurie "Parker & Hulme."

7.8 ..........Scholarly articles related to the case
7.8.1 .......Medlicott, R.W. 1955
7.8.2 .......Glamuzina & Laurie 1989

7.9 ..........Recent press articles
7.9.1 .......Darnton, NY Times 95/02/14
7.9.2 .......Gristwood, Australian Women's Weekly 1995/03
7.9.3 .......Wickens, Maclean's 1995/03/27

7.10 ........Extended biographies
7.10.1 .....Hulme, Dr Henry Rainsford
7.10.1.1. .Extracts from "A History of the University of Canterbury: 1873 - 1973"
7.10.2 .....Perry, Anne (aka Hulme, Juliet Marion)
7.10.2.1.. Anne Perry's public appearances

7.11.........Anne Perry's Fiction
7.11.1..... "The Cater Street Hangman" [spoilers]


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