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. In 1991, a war over a copper mine in the South Pacific tore the island of Bougainville apart. The reclusive “Popeye” (Hugh Laurie) offers the children in fourteen-year-old Matilda’s tiny village an escape with Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. But on an island at war, fiction can have dangerous consequences.
Olympus Pictures, Eyeworks Film, Daydream Productions
Robin Scholes, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech, Andrew Adamson
United States of America, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Australia
Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville, Kerry Fox, Florence Korokoro, Tapiwa Soropa, Marcellin Ampa'oi
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