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Heather Rose

In Celebration Of Heather Rose

Heather Rose Slattery

4 Oct 1966 - 5 Oct 2002

Press Release Details

Death Of Heather Rose

Award-winning screenwriter and actress Heather Rose (Slattery) died suddenly on Saturday October 5th, after a brief illness.

She was best known for her performance in Dance Me To My Song, a movie directed by Rolf De Heer which she co-wrote and in which she played the lead role "Julia".

Ms Rose was born with severe cerebal palsy, and despite being non-verbal (requiring a voice machine in order to speak) commanded a prolonged standing ovation when her movie screened in competition in the Cannes Film Festival in 1998.

Subsequently, her movie has become a feature for numerous international disability conferences and seminars about women's issues and continues to be used as an educational guide and conference centrepeice.

Ms Rose passed away the day after her 36th birthday in the company of friends.

Source: Frederick Stahl, friend and co-writer
Email: [email protected]

Funeral Service

A Funeral Service was held at the Heysen Chapel, Centennial Park, Adelaide on Friday 11th October at 2:30 - 4:30 CST.

The service attracted a large turnout of people, filling the chapel to standing room only, and generating spontaneous applause.

A private function was held after the service for those concerned.

Click Here for transcripts of the Tributes read at the funeral.


  • "(Rose) an Oscar-worthy performance"
    - Ruth Hessey, SMH Video

  • ".. a great and brave performance by Heather Rose"
    - Evan Williams, The Australian

  • "Providing insight into Rose's irreverent spirit and gutsy solitude .. charting new ground in triumph-of-the-human-spirit territory"
    - Vogue

  • "Like the heroine, Julia's (Heather Rose) story is a tough little number, with uncompromising performances from everyone involved"
    - Who Weekly

  • "Totally defies expectations, shattering any preconceptions about major disability"
    - Louise Keller, Urbancinefile

  • ****1/2
    "Warm, positive affirmation of life"

    - David Stratton, The Movie Show, SBS

  • "I get a lump in my throat just thinking about this experience again, and feel humbled by Heather Rose's brave and go dancing with Julia"
    - Andrew L. Urban, Urbancinefile

  • *****
    "One of the bravest and most compelling Australian films ever"

    - Jim Schembri,EG,The Age


  • Cannes International Film Festival
    FRANCE May 1998
    Selected to participate in Official Competition

  • Brisbane International Film Festival
    AUSTRALIA Aug 1998
    Voted second most popular film by festival audiences

  • Melbourne International Film Festival
    AUSTRALIA Aug 1998
    Voted second most popular film by festival audiences

  • Australian Film Institute Screenings
    AUSTRALIA Aug 1998
    Nominated for best original screenplay

  • Semana International de Cine de Valladolid
    SPAIN Oct 1998
    Heather Rose awarded the special jury prize

  • Australian Catholic Film Award
    AUSTRALIA Nov 1998

  • Critics Circle Awards
    AUSTRALIA Feb 1999
    Nominated for best actress & best screenplay

  • NSW Premier Literary Awards
    AUSTRALIA May 1999
    Script Writing Award

Internet Discussion Forum

We have created a discussion forum at Heather Rose Discussion Forum for the purpose of celebrating Heather's life, and continuing her work.

Please feel free to join the group, and contribute your comments in any way that you wish.

Internet Mailing List

We encourage you to join the Heather Rose mailing list, which you can subscribe to via The CoolList Mailing List Manager.

By subscribing to this list, you can then send emails to [email protected], and your message will be passed on to all other members of the mailing list.

This is an excellent way to stay in touch, and ensure that the spirit that Heather gave us all can continue it's momentum.

Internet Links

The internet already contains tens of thousands of links to Heather Rose, regarding both her film, and the other work that she has contributed to.

Search The Net For Details of Heather's Film Dance Me To My Song and her work in the field

Search The Net For a more general search of Heather's work.

Heather at the Red Carpet
Cannes Film Festival, 1998.

Cast and Crew of the Film "Dance Me To My Song".

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