FRANCES WALSH AND PETER JACKSON
Newsreel footage of Christchurch circa 1954.
EXT. VICTORIA PARK/BUSHY TRACK - LATE AFTERNOON CAMERA CRASHES out of
bush and races up a dark bushy track.
CLOSE ON . . . two pairs of feet running up the track, slipping in the
mud . . . desperate.
WIDE SHOT . . . reveals TWO GIRLS running up the track, distraught.
nearly 16 - tall, blond and willowy,
16 - dark-haired, shorter and stockier than Juliet.
It is 1954. Both girls are dressed in overcoats on a chilly winter day.
They slip and stumble on the dirt track that winds up the steep
Victoria Park hillside. Thick vegetation and overhanging trees give the
path a tunnel-like feeling.
EXT. OCEANLINER'S DECK - DAYBLACK & WHITE . . .
Pauline and Juliet running . . . this time they are happy, in holiday
clothing, weaving around OTHER PASSENGERS as they race along the deck
of an oceanliner.
EXT. VICTORIA PARK/BUSHY TRACK - LATE AFTERNOON Pauline and Juliet
desperately scrambling up the track.
EXT. OCEANLINER S DECK - DAYBLACK & WHITE . . .
Pauline and Juliet happily bounding along the ships deck.
They push past a group of PASSENGERS. Juliet waves and calls out.
The PACE of the INTERCUTTING between TRACK and SHIP, COLOUR and BLACK &
WHITE, increases in rhythm.
Pauline and Juliet run up toward a MAN and WOMAN (HENRY and HILDA) on
CAMERA RUSHES toward Hilda and Henry (not seen clearly) as they turn to
greet the two girls:
EXT. VICTORIA PARK/TEAROOMS - DAYAGNES RITCHIE, proprietor of the
tearooms at the top of Victoria Park, comes rushing down the steps
toward CAMERA . . . her face alarmed.
(O.S.) (Panicked) It's Mummy!
Pauline and Juliet rush into CLOSE-UP . . . panting heavily. For the
first time we realise their clothes, and Pauline's face, are splattered
(Panicked) She's terribly hurt . . .
(Hysterical) Somebody's got to help us!
SUPERTITLES ON BLACK:
During 1953 and 1954 Pauline Yvonne Parker kept diaries recording her
friendship with Juliet Marion Hulme. This is their story. All diary
entries are in Pauline's own words.
INT. CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS' HIGH - FOYER - MORNING MUSIC: "Just a Closer
Walk With Thee," sung by a HUNDRED SCHOOLGIRLS.
The school crest "Sapienta et Veritas" embossed in the lino just inside
Lisle-stockinged schoolgirl legs carefully walk around the crest . . .
TRACK along with the schoolgirl legs.
EXT. SCHOOL BUILDING/CRANMER SQUARE - MORNING HYMN CONTINUES
TRACKING . . . with a row of schoolgirl legs, marching in a
crocodile line across Cranmer Square.
CRANE UP . . . to reveal CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS' HIGH.
"Christchurch Girls' High, 1952"
CREDITS BEGIN . . . GROUPS OF GIRLS, in heavy, pleated, over-the-knee
school uniforms, wearing hats, gloves and blazers, flock through the
MISS STEWART, the headmistress, stands by the rear entrance, scanning
girls' uniforms as they enter.
EXT. RIEPERS' HOUSE/BACK GARDEN - MORNINGCLOSE ON . . . Pauline
Rieper's legs as she tries to hitch up her baggy stockings. She hops
over a fence and hurries toward the school, which backs onto the
She carries a boy's-style school bag on her shoulder and walks with a
EXT. CHRISTCHURCH STREETS - MORNINGTRACKING . . . LOW ANGLE with the
Hulme car coming toward CAMERA.