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Mr. Pip (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 3 October 2013 (New Zealand)
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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.


Andrew Adamson


Andrew Adamson (screenplay), Lloyd Jones (novel)
6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





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


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.


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Release Date:

3 October 2013 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Pip See more »

Filming Locations:

Bougainville, Papua New Guinea See more »

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Cameron Hartwell made his feature film debut in this film, at just the tender age of 15. See more »


Dolores Naimo: My daughter, my lovely Matilda, says she doesn't believe in the Devil. She believes in Pip!
Mr. Watts: Well, Mrs. Naimo, what if I were to say to you that on the page, Pip and the Devil have the same status? Each one strikes out on their own, each one has the chance to make their own mistakes...
Dolores Naimo: And to abandon his family? How will Pip even know if he's made a mistake? If there is no God and no Devil, how will he know what's right from wrong?
[addressing kids in schoolroom]
Dolores Naimo: Mr Watts here thinks he can know ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.10 (2011) See more »


Written by William Takaku
Performed by Marai Toromai and Peter Garuai
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A wonderful film about a young woman captivated by a book introduced to her class by the dedicated new teacher
20 March 2015 | by coolingwindsSee all my reviews

It always amazes me when I am carried away by a film whose lead actor is unheard of, or has little to no previous acting credits. Xzannjah Matsi is such an actress, not because she is Hollywood polished, because she is not, but because she is so natural and believable. She carries the innocent heart of a student who believes in her mentor, and of a young girl whose been confronted with some of life's harsh realities for the first time. Through her character portrayal one can easily remember the precise moment when looking at life through the protective fog of childhood lifts. Truly this film was a testament to the sad events it was based upon, to the spirit of the island people, and to the pure relationship between a beloved teacher and student. Excellent job also to Hugh Laurie and to the woman who portrays her mother Healesville Joel.

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