Monday, September 27, 2004
Hi, I was able to get a photocopy of the play, and I've been typing it up over the last couple of days.
I hope you don't mind that I'm able to post it up in my own community. Cheers, and thanks so much for the first installment of scenes. They were greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
By the way,I loved this movie.
Tuesday, August 31, 2004
"The frequent senseless and sickening brutality carried out by members of the ss without any sense of pity, shame or remorse, and in a mood that was often frankly exultant, was very simlilar to the way these girls approached their crime and responded to it afterwards... In the case of the SS, sanction came by the group became the main ego support, while in the girls' case sanction one of the other provided this... With the SS there was a progessive destruction of the taboo against killing... Death was deprived of its real meaning and cheapened by the process... Both the girls came to treat death very cheaply as something of no concern."
Wednesday, August 4, 2004
I´m not new here, but this is my first post. I just wanna proudly show off an item from my autographs collection: http://planeta.terra.com.br/lazer/minha
(You can guess by now what it is).
Some day back in January, I decided to wrote her an e-mail, she answered it on the next day, requesting my address. Two months later it came to me!! Isn´t it great?? I loved it!! I wrote back to her, saying how it was appreciated and thanking her endlessly, but this one never got a reply from her, tho... :(
The page is in portuguese (I´m from Brazil), but you can still see the pictures!
Monday, July 19, 2004
12:39AM - Update...
OK so here's the deal, at the moment I don't have access to a copy of Daughters of Heaven, the play about the Parker/Hulme case which is the reason why nothing has been going on here... There is supposedly a copy availbable in the reference section of my local library but it has disappeared also so this has put a halt to planx to put out all of Daughters of Heaven here.
Sooooo the question I put to you all is this: is there anything else I can offer you guys that might be of interest? Maybe we can open up some form of discussion about what we know of the Parker/Hulme case, or what ever... Lets see what we can do in the way of breathing some life into this thing!
I live about half an hour away from the prison where Juliet Hulme served her sentnce before being deported to live with family (in South Africa if I recall correctly) so perhaps I shall go take pics to post here and see what happens because I have been at a bit of a loss as to what to do with this community since I lost daughters of heaven...
By way of an apology for being so inactive for so long, here is treat transcribed from Pauline's diary from Friday, 23/4/1954, enjoy...
"I played Tosca and wrote before ringing Deborah. Then she told me the stupendous news. Last night she woke at 2 o'clock and for some reason went into her Mother's room. It was empty so she went downstairs to look for her. Deborah could not find herso she crept as stealthily as she could into Mr Perry's falst and stole upstairs. she heard voices from inside his bedroom and she stayed for a little while, then she opened the door and switched the light on in one movement. Mr Perry and Mrs Hulme were in bed drinking tea. Deborah felt an hysterical tendency to giggle. She said "Hello" in a very [illegible] voice. She was shaking with emotion and shockalthough she had nkown what she would find. They goggled at her for a minute and her Mother said " I suppose you want an explanation." Yes, Deborah replied, I do. Well you see, we are in love, Mother explained. Deborah was wonderful. But I know THAT she explained, her voice seemed to belong to someone else. Her Mother explained taht Dr Hulme knew all about it and that they intended to live as a threesome. Anyway, Deborah went as far as telling about our desire to get to America in [illegible], six months, though she could not explainthe reason of course. Mr Perry gave her 100 pounds to get permits Everyone is being frightfully decent about evrything and I feel wildly happy and rather queer... I am going over to Ilam tomorrow as we have so much to talk about."
Monday, June 23, 2003
BROWN: The girls' main object in life was to be together, to share each other's thoughts and activities, secrets and plans. The girl Parker visited the Hulmes' residence at Ilam regularly, on occasion staying for days at a time. Mrs Parker became perturbed over their unhealthy relationship and tried to break it up. This interference was resented by the girls and gradually grew into hatred.
1953. The two girls' bedrooms.
PAULINE is in her underclothes writing her diary. She is listening to 'E lucevan' from Tosca.
PAULINE: Yesterday Mother was out so I went to Deborah's. No one was home so we bathed together... However I felt thoroughly depressed afterwards...
In her bedroom JULIET is writing in her diary. The music continues as both girls write, their voices overlapping.
JULIET: We bathed for some time. Gina was very depressed. She talked about suicide. Ofcourse her circumstances are almost intolerable.
PAULINE: Life seemed so much not worth living and death such an easy way out.
JULIET:...such an easy way out.
PAULINE: Anger against Mother boils up inside me. It is she who is one of the main obstacles in my path.
JULIET:...our path is strewn with obstacles...
The music sweels. PAULINE is overcome by it. She hardly hears MRS RIEPER knocking at the door.
MRS RIEPER: Pauline! We're going to be late.
PAULINE ignoes her
You've been locked up in there an hour and a half.
PAULINE: In a moment.
MRS RIEPER: I'm opening the door right now.
MRS RIEPER enters with freshly ironed skirt and blouse
MRS RIEPER: Please turn that music off.
PAULINE turns it off
PAULINE: Well what?
MRS RIEPER: Thankyou for ironing my clothes. Mother I know I promised to do it myself but I forgot.
PAULINE: Thankyou. Don't watch me!
PAULINE zips up her skirt
MRS RIEPER: That skirt's hanging on you.
PAULINE: It is not.
MRS RIEPER: You could be anaemic.
PAULINE: I feel fine.
MRS REIPER: Your hair looks limp.
PAULINE: I like it straight.
MRS REIPER: It was the HUlmes who recommended Dr Bennett so stop sulking.
PAULINE: Only because you went on and on.
MRS RIEPER: I did no such thing.
PAULINE: Mrs Hulme said-
MRS RIEPER: Said what?
MRS RIEPER: Don't you 'nothing' me.
PAULINE: That you're a worrier.
MRS RIEPER: She said that, did she?
MRS RIEPER: If you ask me, Lady Muck should worry herself a little bit more. Don't slouch. You'll compress your innards. You really could be a lovely girl if you set your mind to it.
PAULINE: Deborah likes me the way I am.
MRS RIEPER: Why can't you call Juliet by her proper Christian name I'll never know. Deborah and Gina.
PAILINE: There's no need to harp on about it.
MRS RIEPER: You're not pining over that fellow Nicholas are you?
PAULINE, (scornfully): Nicholas!
MRS RIEPER: I thought he was rather fond of you.
MRS RIEPER: I know you'd never do anything to disappoint me.
PAULINE: I wouldn't touch him with a barge pole.
MRS RIEPER: I wasn't suggesting-
PAULINE: If you think there was anything between Nicholas and me-
MRS RIEPER: Now Pauline, I've never said-
Pauline: The though disgusts me.
MRS RIEPER: Sometimes young people do things they regret later on.
PAULINE: Not me.
MRS RIEPER: Even your dad's worried.
PAULINE: There's nothing wrong with me!
MRS RIEPER: Maybe you need a tonic.
PAULINEYou don't like Mrs Hulmes, do you?
MRS RIEPER: There is such a thing as outstaying your welcome. You practically live there.
PAULINE: I'm one of the family. Mrs HUlem sadi so.
MRS RIEPER: I'm your mother Pauline, not Lady Muck.
PAULINE: I'm to come out as often as I like.
MRS RIEPER: And I say no more going to Ilam until you're more cheerful around the house, and you eat properly.
PAULINE: That's not fair!
MRS RIEPER: No potatoes, no Juliet.
Bridget rings at the Riepers' front door. She has a Mario Lanza record
Finish getting dressed. We're leaving in five minutes. (She opens the door) Yes?
BRIDGET: Mrs Rieper? Bridget O'Malley.
MRS RIEPER: Oh yes. COme in.
BRIDGET: Thatnk you. Juliet asked me to drop this record off for Pauline.
MRS RIEPER: I don't like her accepting gifts she can't repay.
BRIDGET: I think its a loan.
MRS RIEPER: A loan. Well then.
BRIDGET: THere's a note too.
MRS RIEPER: We've a doctor's appointment to keep-
BRIDGET: Nothing serious I hope.
MRS RIEPER: Pauline's not looking herself lately. She's off her food.
BRIDGET: She eats like a horse at Ilam. Everything on her plate.
MRS RIEPER: False expectations is what hurts people.
BRIDGET: Isn't that the truth.
MRS RIEPER: She doesn't seem to realise.
BRIDGET: You don't at that age. (She gives MRS RIEPER an envelope) You can rip it up if you like. It's only schoolgirl drivel.
MRS RIEPER: Thankyou.
BRIDGET: I won't keep you then. Afternoon.
MRS RIEPER: Good afternoon.
BRIDGET goes out. MRS RIEPER looks at the envelope debating whether to open it. PAULINE and JULIET continue writing in their diaries.
PAULINE: Suddenly the means of ridding myself of the obstacle occurs to me.
JULIET:...I see the faint shadow of a solution...the faintest of shadows, there on the horizon.
PAULINE: I will not tell Deborah of my plans-yet.
JULIET: I will not say anything to Gina-yet. She must come to see its inevitability herself.
PAULINE: The last fate I wish to meet is one in Borstal.
Mrs Rieper hands Pauline the envelope and the record.
Wednesday, December 4, 2002
Saturday, August 10, 2002
9:55AM - Scene Two
<small><small<small>BRIDGET, <I>adressing the audience<i/>: The ‘domestic tragedy’ was how Mrs Hulme referred to it after. That and ‘Juliet’s illness’ as if wickedness was something you caught from breathing bad air. But I don’t blame her. Not much. In the beginning we were pals.
<big><i><center>The Hulmes’ house
HILDA: I do hope you’ll be happy here.
BRIDGET: It looks a very nice situation.
HILDA: You like the flat?
BRIDGET: Its lovely, thank you.
HILDA: feel free to borrow anything from our kitchen untill you get settled – plates, cups, saucepans –
BRIDGET: You’re too kind, Mrs Hulme, really.
HILDA: No, Hilda. Please. You must call me Hilda. We won’t stand on ceremony in this house.
BRIDGET: In that case please call me Bridget.
HILDA: Lovely, BRIDGET.
BRIDGET: Thank you, Hilda.
HILDA: I’ll leave you to it then. Bridget.
BRIDGET: Right. Hilda.
HILDA <I>goes out.<i/>
Bridget, Hilda. Hilda, Bridget. We sounded like a couple of chooks at the back gate. Her husband Henry was Cambridge educated. Couldn’t understand a word he said.
HENRY: Mrs O’Malley. It appears I shall be incarcerated in the Ivory Tower past dinner time. Would you mind terribly keeping whatever delectable morsel you conjure up warm for me untill I return? <I>He leaves.<i/>
BRIDGET: Still, he was a gentleman. Not like some of those other university types buggering each other behind closed doors calling it research. He wasn’t like that. Hilda was the one you had to watch out for. I soon discovered that. She talked equal but she acted like a Queen Bee – untill her daughter was arrested for murder
BROWN, <i>the Crown Prosecutor, is addressing the jury<i/>
BROWN: Most of you will have read in the newspapers, and no doubt have discussed among you friends, the story of the crime. One of my duties is to ask you to endeavour to forget all you have read or heard about the case, and indeed it is your duty to do so. You are here to decide the case on the evidence and on the evidence alone.
You may pity the dead woman, the mother of the girl Parker, who was brutally done to death, or you may feel pity for the accused in the dreadful situation they find themselves in today. These things have nothing to do with this trial at all. Sentiment and emotionalism have no part in British justice.
BRIDGET: British justice. Hah! There isn’t a person in this courtroom – or in the whole of Chrischurch – who isn’t salivating over every detail.
BROWN: Before hearing the evidence of the killing of Mrs Parker it is important that you should know something of the accused and their families. Let us begin with the girls themselves. After meeting at Christchurch Girl’s High School two years ago, their friendship developed rapidly into what may be called an intense devotion for each other.
BRIDGET: Aye, the girls were devoted, I’ll give you that. Pauline was devoted to Juliet and Juliet was devoted to herself.
Wednesday, August 7, 2002
Tomorrow I'm gonna post somemore of Daughters of Heaven... The DVD of Lord Of The Rings came out here yesterday: almost bought it untill I realised it wasn't the issue with the extra 30 minutes of footage... guess I'll wait a bit longer.
Thursday, July 25, 2002
9:37PM - Daughters of Heaven
To follow up my last post, this is the first act from Daughters of Heaven. I'm just copying it bit for bit from the local library, but I'll try to post scene for scene every couple of days... If interest crops up, I'll increase it...
NewZealand, 1959. The actionis divided between Pauline’s prison cell in Christchurch and Juliet’s prison cell in Wellington where the girls have been transferred in preparation for their release. They have been in prison, separately, since October 1954.
PAULINE: O my God, I am heartily sorry-
JULIET: My dear one. I am dictating this to yuou through the spirits of the Fourth World, per usual.
PAULINE: -I am heartily sorry for having offended thee and I detest sin above every other evil because it offends thee my God who art worthy of all my love-
JULIET: I want you to remember Paradise. It was ours once. We created our own map of Heaven. Haven’t I learned the hard way in this shit-hole of a place that that is all there is? Our Heaven and the two of us?
PAULINE: -and I firmly resolve, by thy holy Grace, never more to offend thee and to amend my life.
JULIET: Now that I have been brought to my knees I see my own star brighter than ever. I will never give in. I will never look back. I will never regret. It is our fate.
Saturday, July 20, 2002
8:34AM - ACE!
Made another Heavenly Creatures community bucked messed up the name so now I got this one made up... I was in the borovnia community which was a very good one but it keeps closing down so there you go...
Anyway, I been going down and reading the play 'Daughters of Heaven' by Michelaine Forster (I might be wrong with the spelling there) in the library. It was the first dramatisation of the Parker/Hulme story, first performed three years prior to Heavenly Creatures and I think the writer researched all the details herself so its not all that accurate.
It is a cute read though and it perhaps has more of a adolescent feel than the book 'Parker & Hulme: A Lesbian Perspective' did. So for me, i guess its kind of a nice 'add on' read because while 'Parker & Hulme' is a good, academic, objective read, 'Daughters of Heaven' probably gives more of an idea of the girls as they were on a day to day basis. Its not as objective though, choosing to play heavily on the girls love affair...
Seeing as its not a huge affair, I might start posting it, scene at a time...
Join up chumps!!