6.3 Other films dealing with similar school themes

The 'British'-type school system of the Christchurch Girls' High School is a rich and complex cultural environment with its own set of rules and norms. The rites of passage in this type of system may be a little different from those experienced by students today who go through modern public state schools.

The following is a list of "school" films that explore similar themes to the ones in "Heavenly Creatures." These films may be able to provide additional insight into some of the subtleties of the 'British-type' school experience, and/or the antipodean school culture that was such an important part of Pauline and Juliet's lives. Or they may explore parallel emotional themes.

"The Chocolate War"           "The Sterile Cuckoo"
"Term of Trial"               "Goodbye Mr. Chips"
"The Browning Version"        "If..."
"The Lonliness of the         "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
     Long Distance Runner"    "Dead Poet's Society"
"7-Up"                        "7+7"
"The Group"                   "Lord of the Flies"
"To Sir, With Love"           "Please, Sir"
"Diabolique"                  "Les 400 Coups"
"Au Revoir Les Enfants"       "The Blackboard Jungle"
"Splendor in the Grass"       "Gregory's Girl"
"Pink Floyd - The Wall"       "Nicholas Nickleby" ('47)
"The Winslow Boy" ('44)       "Tom Brown's School Days" ('40,'50)
"Chariots of Fire"            "The Diary Of Adrian Mole 13 1/2"
"The Belles of St. Trinians"  "Waterland"
"The Devil's Playground"      "The Getting of Wisdom"
"The Children's Hour"         "Melody" ('71)
"S.W.A.K."                    "Farenheit 451"
"Hope and Glory"              "Another Country"
"Flirting"                    "Unman, Wittering and Zigo"
"My Life as a Dog"            "The Long Day Closes"
"The Year My Voice Broke"     "Zero du Conduite"
"Spare the Rod"               "The Wicker Man"

Thanks to:

     m                   Alex Goddard        BD Craig
     Jason Forest        Miss Z              Paul B McBride
     Anja Tachler        Shaun K Salter      Maresa Kirk
     Jordan Thurston     Laurence Bier       Gerald Edgar
     Richard Elias       smthsen             Seth Kingman
     Jefah               Simon Leaks         Larry Guzman
     Atreyu              Brian Phillips      Samantha