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Juliet Hulme was revealed to be mystery writer Anne Perry who came forward and revealed her real identity in 1994 during the making of the film, but all attempts to find Pauline Parker failed. In 1997, Pauline Parker was finally traced to a rundown cottage on a farm near Strood, Kent, England, where she currently runs a children's riding school. Since assuming the name of Hilary Nathan, she has become a devout Catholic and devoted her life to handicapped children.
Almost all locations used for filming were the genuine locations where the events occurred. The tea shop where Honora Parker ate her last meal was knocked down a few days after the shoot ended. According to director Peter Jackson, when they got to the location of the murder on the dirt path, it was eerily quiet; the birds stopped singing, and it didn't seem right. So they moved along a couple of hundred yards.
All of the journal voice-overs are direct from real diary entries made by Pauline Parker. The characters in the stories (if not the stories themselves) and make-believe world are also authentic.
The feature film debut for stars Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet.
Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet were so strongly into their roles that they would interact with each other as their characters off screen.
Melanie Lynskey was cast as Pauline Parker two weeks before filming began. Co-writer Fran Walsh discovered her at the last minute while scouring local high schools for Parker lookalikes.
Most of the cast was selected because of their physical resemblances to their real-life characters.
A picture on the wall in Pauline's bedroom is a photograph of the real Juliet Hulme.
Co-writer Fran Walsh suggested the idea of making the Parker-Hulme murder into a film to director Peter Jackson. Walsh said she had a fascination with the murder since childhood.
Since the Parker-Hulme murder had been an infamous crime that was strongly sensationalized in New Zealand history Jackson decided rather than do a film that would be a historical look back at the crime to instead create a drama about Parker and Hulme's intense friendship. In addition to reading Pauline Parker's diary Jackson and company undertook a nation wide search for anyone who had known the girls and interviewed them to get a closer look at their life.
One of the photographs that Juliet Hulme puts on display in the woodland shrine is that of tenor Jussi Bjoerling, who was (in real life) greatly admired by the girls' tenor idol, Mario Lanza.
Kate Winslet was one of 175 girls who auditioned for the role of Juliet Hulme.
Orson Welles' photograph in the stream is a reference to a similar shot in The Third Man (1949).
Producer Jim Booth passed away shortly after the production was complete. The film is dedicated to his memory.
Both Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet went on to find fame and popularity in roles with the character name of Rose: Lynskey in Two and a Half Men (2003) and Winslet in Titanic (1997).
The Doris Day LP record titled "Bright and Shiny" that the young lodger, Steve, has just bought and shows the family was recorded in 1961. Also, 331/2 inch LPs were not released until the late 1950s. In 1953 when the film is, long playing records were 12 inch.
Time listed this film as one of their 10 best films of 1994.

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Peter Jackson:  homeless man kissed by Juliet outside the theater.

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