Reflections of the Past
This review first appeared in the Sunday Star Times, 15 May 2011
Reflections of the Past is an independent American-made documentary about the Parker & Hulme murder of 1954, with interviews with school mates, sociological commentators and various creatives whose novels, plays and websites were inspired by the case. The film reprises court transcripts in its discussion of the girls’ motive, with considerable focus on their (still-denied) sexuality. Viewers of Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures might find this simply goes over old ground in a less enchanting manner, but the non-fiction treatment invites some serious insights – and it’s still a fascinating topic decades later.