Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah
Mr Pip is set in Bougainville 1991 as a civil war was being fought between the Bougainville Revolutionary Army and The Papua New Guinea Army over the land's mineral resources. The PNG government blockaded the area and the war lasted for nine years claiming over 15,000 lives.
Mr Watts (Hugh Laurie) is a teacher and the last white man on the island. He starts reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations to the young children and his storytelling becomes a magical delight especially to Matilda, an imaginative and very impressionable teenager. The novel is an escape for Matilda from the atrocities of war.
Matilda is transported into the Victorian novel, where people in her life assume characters in the story. Her entrancement with the character Pip ultimately becomes the catalyst for tragedy, after an encounter with government soldiers who are searching for rebels.
Mr Pip is a visually stunning and compelling movie about friendship, heroism and reinvention, detailing the struggles of a population whose iconic paradise is darkened by the harsh realities of war. Laurie is a natural as Mr Watts and the inexperienced supporting cast bring realism into the characters. JAKE