Heavenly Creatures (1994), an early film by blockbuster director Peter Jackson, chronicles the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, two adolescent girls in 1954 New Zealand. In the film, the girls develop a deep romantic friendship based in shared fantasy, but their forced separation leads the pair to descend into madness and commit matricide. This book turns to feminist and queer theory, postcolonial theory, auteur analysis, apparatus theory, new media studies, and reception studies to seeks to unpack the film's complex portrait of adolescent turmoil, rebellion, and tragedy.
Andrew Scahill is Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University, USA.
1. Frightfully Romantic: Adapting the Parker/Hulme Case
2. Love in the Bush: Colonial Desire, Lesbian Identity
3. The Fourth World: Fantasy, Spectacle, and the Cinematic
4. A Heavenly Crusade: Internet Fandom and Archival Communities
"Scahill offers the most detailed and comprehensive study of Peter Jackson's breakthrough film yet published, providing a new perspective on its appeal to an international fan base." -- Alistair Fox, University of Otago