Synopsis: Wealthy and precocious teenager Juliet (Kate Winslet) transfers from England to Christchurch, New Zealand, with her family, and forms a bond with the quiet, brooding Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) through their shared love of handsome big screen tenor Mario Lanza and games of make believe. But when their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense friendship is becoming unhealthy, the girls decide to run away to America, hatching a dark plan for those who threaten to keep them apart.
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Year:
1994
105 Views

Screenplay by

FRANCES WALSH AND PETER JACKSON

Illustrated by

PAUL HAMLYN:

PROLOGUE:

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.

JULIET HULME:
nearly 16 - tall, blond and willowy,

and

PAULINE RIEPER:
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.

CUT TO:

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.

INTERCUT BETWEEN:

EXT. VICTORIA PARK/BUSHY TRACK - LATE AFTERNOON Pauline and Juliet

desperately scrambling up the track.

AND:

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.

JULIET:

Mummy!

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

the deck.

JULIET:

Mummy!

PAULINE:

Mummy!

CAMERA RUSHES toward Hilda and Henry (not seen clearly) as they turn to

greet the two girls:

CRASH CUT:

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.

PAULINE:

(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

with blood.

PAULINE:

(Panicked) She's terribly hurt . . .

JULIET:

(Hysterical) Somebody's got to help us!

CUT TO:

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

the entrance.

Lisle-stockinged schoolgirl legs carefully walk around the crest . . .

TRACK along with the schoolgirl legs.

CUT TO:

EXT. SCHOOL BUILDING/CRANMER SQUARE - MORNING HYMN CONTINUES

OVER:
TRACKING . . . with a row of schoolgirl legs, marching in a

crocodile line across Cranmer Square.

CRANE UP . . . to reveal CHRISTCHURCH GIRLS' HIGH.

SUPER:
"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

school grounds.

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

Riepers' garden.

She carries a boy's-style school bag on her shoulder and walks with a

slight limp.

EXT. CHRISTCHURCH STREETS - MORNINGTRACKING . . . LOW ANGLE with the

Hulme car coming toward CAMERA.

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Fran Walsh

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson since 1987. They have two children. more…

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