SEPTEMBER 27, 2002 (Friday)
Both films are directed by New Zealand director Peter Jackson whose 2001 adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring received critical raves as well as Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.
FORGOTTEN SILVER is a mockumentary profile of Colin MacKenzie, a fictional New Zealander and film pioneer responsible for such innovations as talking pictures and color photography. Critic Leonard Maltin, Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein, and actor Sam Neill play themselves in this straight-faced send up.
HEAVENLY CREATURES is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, troubled girls who share a close friendship, active fantasy life, and dislike of adults. The two conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she attempts to end their "unhealthy' friendship. Peter Jackson, who also directed LORD OF THE RINGS, describes the film as "a murder story about love, a murder story with no villains." Jackson is credited with "discovering" the actress Kate Winslet who plays Juliet Hulme in the film. Soon after Heavenly Creatures appeared in theatres, the British press uncovered the fact that Hulme had, in real life, grown up to be bestselling mystery writer Anne Perry.