As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village.

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Andrew Adamson

Writers:

Andrew Adamson (screenplay), Lloyd Jones (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Mr. Watts
Xzannjah Matsi ... Matilda Naimo (as Xzannjah)
Healesville Joel Healesville Joel ... Dolores Naimo
Eka Darville ... Pip
Kerry Fox ... Mrs. June Watts
Florence Korokoro ... Grace
David Kaumara David Kaumara ... PNG Officer
Kausibona Mel Kausibona Mel ... Daniel
Sam Simiha Sam Simiha ... Sam
Marcellin Ampa'oi Marcellin Ampa'oi ... Joseph Naimo
Dominic Itta Dominic Itta ... Mr. Masoi
Grace Maibu Grace Maibu ... Mrs. Siau
Marcella Itta Marcella Itta ... Mabel
Ivan Siovate Ivan Siovate ... Christopher
Cindy Tibola Cindy Tibola ... Violet
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Storyline

Mr Watts is the only white man left on the island after the blockade. He opens the school and introduces the children the 'Great Expectations.' Matilda, the teenage narrator finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels are getting closer. Matilda writes 'Pip' in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them. Written by Jan Killengray

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When they need hope, he gave them Great Expectations. Fiction can be dangerous in times of war.

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing situations involving violence and threat, and for some mature thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Cameron Hartwell made his feature film debut in this film, at just the tender age of 15. See more »

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Matilda Naimo: [narrating] When I was young, my mother wove me a sleeping mat. She said that if I got lost in a bad dream, all I needed to do was roll over and feel the very seam. That seam was the current that would carry me home. But what if home was a bad dream?
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Performed by Clint Woolly, Kayleen Misiel and Tim Finn
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10 May 2019 | by sarahingrassiaSee all my reviews

Hugh Laurie and all the actors are so good in this unheard of gem. Please watch it


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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2013 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Pip See more »

Filming Locations:

Bougainville, Papua New Guinea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,714, 9 November 2014

Gross USA:

$1,714

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$977,855
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2.35 : 1
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