Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Simon O'Connor
Peter Jackson (Screenplay), Fran Walsh (Screenplay), Peter Jackson (Director)
Released: Nov. 16th, 1994
Runtime: 1 hour, 39 minutes
Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.
Bonded by similar experiences in childhood (Juliet suffered from tuberculosis, while Pauline suffered from osteomyelitis) which left both of them bedridden for much of their early years, they struggle to find their place in the world until they meet each other and create their own religion of a sort, constructing a fantasy world they call The Fourth World.
Juliet Hulme and Pauline Rieper (later revealed in the trial to be Pauline Parker, as her parents never married) quickly become best friends when Juliet's family moves to Christchurch in 1952.