Muriel’s Wedding

Muriels Hochzeit
Muriel Heslop considers herself “stupid, fat, and useless”. And most of the people around her agree with that assessment. Living with her four similar siblings, the unemployed 22-year-old suffers under her domineering father, a corrupt and adulterous politician. Muriel’s dream is to find a fairy prince to save her from her hellish family and small-town life. To that end, she loots the family bank account and travels to a chic vacation resort. There, she meets Rhonda, a former classmate who is as much of an outsider as Muriel. The two women soon move to Sydney, where they share an apartment. Then Rhonda suffers a serious health event … As heart-rending as it is funny, Muriel’s Wedding is dressed as a romantic comedy while simultaneously satirising the genre, not in the least with ad absurdum images of storybook weddings. Boasting a soundtrack laden with 1970s ABBA songs, the colourful, brash film also went to the top of the charts. It is convincing to this day as a universal lesson on youthful self-acceptance, an answer to Muriel’s self-denigrating lament “why can’t it be me?”.
by P. J. Hogan
with Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths, Sophie Lee, Rosalind Hammond, Belinda Jarrett, Pippa Grandison, Jeanie Drynan, Daniel Wyllie, Gabby Millgate
Australia / France 1994 English 106’ Colour Rating R12

For the 2023 Retrospective, internationally renowned directors, actors, and screenwriters were asked to select their personal coming-of-age favourites.
Karoline Herfurth on her selection


  • Toni Collette
  • Bill Hunter
  • Rachel Griffiths
  • Sophie Lee
  • Rosalind Hammond
  • Belinda Jarrett
  • Pippa Grandison
  • Jeanie Drynan
  • Daniel Wyllie
  • Gabby Millgate


Director P. J. Hogan
Screenplay P. J. Hogan
Cinematography Martin McGrath
Editing Jill Bilcock
Music Peter Best
Sound David Lee, Glenn Newnham, Livia Ruzic, Roger Savage
Art Director Hugh Bateup
Production Design Patrick Reardon
Costumes Terry Ryan
Make-Up Noriko Watanabe
Producers Lynda House, Jocelyn Moorhouse
Associate Producers Michael D. Aglion, Tony Mahood

Produced by

House & Moorhouse Films

Ciby 2000

Additional information

DCP: Newen Connect, Paris