The World Cinema Showcase has just started in Christchurch and one of the documentaries sounds fascinating, with a local connection (library and Christchurch) which can’t be beat. Anne Perry – Interiors is a portrait of the successful detective fiction writer who was revealed a few years ago to be Juliet Hulme of the notorious Parker-Hulme murder.
It might seem a bit gruesome to keep revisiting a murderer but the combination of folie a deux, matricide, teenage girl killers and staid 1950s Christchurch, plus adult redemption has proved irresistible to writers, readers and film makers over the years.
The connection with the library has come from several directions. Peter Jackson researched “Heavenly Creatures” in our New Zealand collection and due to pressure of interest over the years the original information file of original newspaper reports of the trial has been digitised on the library website.
Anne Perry has had a successful career writing novels featuring Victorian detectives Thomas Pitt and William Monk. She is a prolific writer and we have many of her works including in large print and audio book format. Her latest novel The sheen on the silk has ventured into 13th century Byzantium.
The film programme says:
Filmmaker Dana Linkiewicz has snuggled very closely into the comfort zone that Perry has created for herself. Tellingly attentive to her subject’s insistence on routine and decorum, she has emerged with an absolutely fascinating portrait of the artist and the devoted circle of three that supports her. The question of how the hunger for exoneration shapes her life and fuels her work hovers suggestively in every elegant frame.