Muriel's Wedding renews vows
“You’re terrible, Muriel.”
It’s been 20 years since this familiar phrase was inspired by the hit Australian film Muriel’s Wedding.
Now there's a new reason to love one of the most popular bride movies of all time.
To celebrate the platinum anniversary occasion, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has published an online exhibition. Muriel’s Wedding: Renewing Our Vows features exclusive footage and photos and documents, some that have never been seen before.
The exhibition includes a deleted scene in which the new-found fame and lack of culinary skills of Muriel, played by Toni Collette, spark a strong reaction from her new husband David Van Arkle (Daniel Lapaine).
- Detailed 360deg. views of the wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses from the film, plus photos of their accessories.
- Behind-the-scenes footage taken on the set by cinematographer Martin McGrath
- An interview with Jeanie Drynan, who played Muriel’s mother Betty.
- Pages from the very first screenplay treatment titled Helena’s Wedding: A Black Comedy in White (1989), and 1991-1992 drafts.
- A press book for the 1994 Cannes Film Festival screening and other promotional materials.
- The original Australian trailer and footage from the German dub of the film.
- Trivia facts about the film.
Released in 1994, Muriel’s Wedding is the story of Muriel Heslop, an outcast who spends her days listening to ABBA and fantasising about being popular and becoming a bride. Muriel eventually realises that dreams aren’t what they seem.
Written and directed by PJ Hogan, Muriel’s Wedding had a strong impact on Australian popular culture.
The film became an international box office hit. It was the third most profitable film in the world in 1995, after The Brothers McMullen and Pulp Fiction, earning approximately 19.2 times its budget. Muriel's Wedding won four AFI Awards and was also nominated at the Golden Globes and BAFTAS.
Muriel’s Wedding: Renewing Our Vows is the second online exhibition produced by the NFSA, following the launch of Priscilla: 20 Years Young in July 2014.
More exhibitions celebrating key Australian titles and performers are planned for 2015.
Muriel’s Wedding: Renewing Our Vows is available on the NFSA website.
Picture: Rachel Griffiths, left, and Toni Collette perform ABBA's Waterloo in the movie Muriel's Wedding.