'Mister Pip to premiere at Toronto International Film Festival — 30.07.12

The film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' critically acclaimed novel Mr Pip has been selected to premiere in the 'Special Presentation' section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film adaptation of Lloyd Jones' critically acclaimed novel Mr Pip has been selected to premiere in the 'Special Presentation' section of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Mr Pip tells the story of the last white man left on the strife-torn island of Bougainville during the 1990 blockade by Papua New Guinea. He re-opens a school and uses his favourite novel, Dickens' Great Expectations, to inspire students, particularly a gifted 14-year-old named Matilda.  The action takes place during the decade-long civil war in the autonomous province off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

A former Bougainville MP, Francesca Semosa, who was  cast in the film, told Radio New Zealand International the story was close to many people's hearts, and would portray the hardships of women, children and men during the civil war.

The film was shot in Bougainville and in New Zealand.

Actor Hugh Laurie, formerly of the Blackadder series and star of the television series House, stars in the movie.  He described the film as a touching yet completely unsentimental story of love: "It is unlike any script I have read or any story I have heard - plus I get to go to New Guinea and call it work."

The film's director is New Zealander Andrew Adamson, whose Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek series of films have earned more than $US4 billion at the box office worldwide.