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Dana Linkiewicz | Germany 2009 | 70min. | Video | English


Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011
Doors: 7:45pm | Film 8:30pm

Crime and punishment have long been the domain of Anne Perry, the prolific British author of historical detective fiction: when she was 15, she and her best friend “did something stupid”: they murdered the friend’s mother. Her name then was Juliet Hulme and this notorious incident was the basis for Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. Long ensconced in a small Scottish village and already fiercely private, she built the walls higher after the success of the film. 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.

“A masterclass in creating a story around the elephant in the room” (

Le crime et châtiment est depuis longtemps le domaine d’Anne Perry, cette prolifique écrivaine britannique de fiction policière historique : à l’age de 15 ans, elle et sa meilleure amie « ont fait quelque chose de stupide », elles ont tué la mère de l’amie. Son nom était Juliet Hulme et cet infâme incident a inspiré le film Heavenly Creatures de Peter Jackson. Vivant déjà en recluse dans un petit village écossais, depuis le succès du film, elle sait retiré encore plus du monde. La cinéaste Dana Linkiewicz a réussi à percer la forteresse de solitude que Perry s’est construit. Elle présente le portrait fascinant d’une artiste dont la vie est régie par une insistance sur sa routine et le décorum. Sa quête d’exonération se fait sentir dans chaque image du film.  (traduction: Mathieu Aubin)


About Jim Napier:

A  member of the Crime Writers of Canada, Mystery Writers of America, Britain's Crime Writers' Association, and the National Book Critics Circle, as well as a former teacher of crime fiction and creative writing, Jim pens a column regularly reviewing the best in mystery and crime fiction. Titled Suspended Sentences, the column appears in the Sherbrooke Record, Quebec's largest English-speaking newspaper outside of Montreal. Jim has also contributed to various e-zines, including January Magazine, The Rap Sheet, and Spinetingler magazine.His reviews, interviews, and tributes can also be found on his website, which contains a variety of resources for readers and writers of crime fiction.                 

In 2007 Jim served as a judge for the Arthur Ellis Awards, given by the Crime Writers of Canada, and in 2009 he chaired the Arthur Ellis Awards. He also gives public talks on crime writing, crime writers, and the publishing industry as well as writing workshops. Jim is currently writing a police procedural series featuring DCI Colin McDermott of the London Metropolitan Police.

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