31 May 2011

Mister Pip filming begins in Bougainville

5:43 am on 31 May 2011

Filming begins in Bougainville on Monday of Mister Pip, a drama based on a novel by Lloyd Jones of New Zealand, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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

The story is set in 1991, during a 10-year civil war in the province. British actor Hugh Laurie has the title role.

Former Bougainville MP Francesca Semosa says the story is close to many people's hearts.

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