Mister Pip: new feature film set during Bougainville civil war

Something we don’t see too often… a feature film set in Melanesia, with Melanesian actors (plus Hugh Laurie).

A new film based the novel Mister Pip by New Zealand writer Lloyd Jones has just been released. The film is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl from Bougainville, Matilda, set during Bougainville’s brutal civil war in the 1990s.

Jones’s novel won the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, so it will be interesting to see how this film translates the book onto screen. Perhaps the NZ High Commision could oblige by organising some screenings here in Vanuatu?


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