30 May 2011

Filming of Mr Pip begins in Bougainville today

4:23 am on 30 May 2011

Filming begins in Bougainville today for Mr Pip, the drama based on the Booker prize shortlisted novel of New Zealander Lloyd Jones.

Mister Pip tells the story of the last white man on the war-torn island, who teaches local children by reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.

The story is set in 1991, during the decade-long civil war in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province.

The British actor, Hugh Laurie, has the title role.

A former Bougainville MP, Francesca Semosa, who has been cast in the film, says the story is close to many people's hearts.

She says it will portray the hardships of women, children and men during the civil war.