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Mr Pip

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Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.

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3.6 out of 5 stars Based on 8 Customer Ratings

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"Inspiring true story"
3 stars"
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Despite the story being based on a true story and the plot compelling at times, I did find that the story was long and drawn out. I did fast forward the movie in places. If it was shortened I would've given it a higher rating. Overall I was a little disappointed.

"Great Movie."
5 stars"
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Very good acting.Didnt realise it was a true story.The violence was a bit over whelming.

"Understated beauty"
5 stars"
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The coming of the village ‘idiot’ Mr Watts (a wonderfully nuanced Hugh Laurie) to the role of local teacher on a the blockaded isle of Bougainville is meet with both amusement and – naturally – expectations. By using Charles Dickens' novel, ‘Great Expectations’, Watts manages to enthuse and captivate his students (and many of their parents), especially the impressionable Matilda (played to great effect by Xzannjah). However, as in the novel, as in life. The beauty and peace of the village cannot hold against the turbulent political and military forces that surround and hound it. Matilda finds refuge in her head and grows her own sense of hope and understanding as much around her changes. There is violence here – hence the rating – but it is not overly graphic (although it is deeply upsetting), and the brooding beauty of the scenery foreshadows that all will not resolve how the characters may wish. Upon reflection I probably cannot describe this as an ‘enjoyable’ watch (though it has elements of humour and humanity), but I do thoroughly recommend it.


Mr. Pip

Mr Pip is a 2012 New Zealand movie based on Lloyd Jones' novel Mister Pip. Andrew Adamson wrote the film adaption, which he also directed.

Andrew Adamson directs Hugh Laurie in this drama set during the 1990s civil war in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, following one girl’s fascination with the Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Great Expectations’. Adapted from the acclaimed 2006 novel by NZ author Lloyd Jones.

Shattered by the war over copper mining, Bougainville’s te­achers have fled. But the eccentric Mr. Watts (Laurie) has remained, the object of much curiosity and scorn who sweeps out the ruined schoolhouse and begins to read Dickens’ classic “Great Expectations” to the students. 14-year-old Matilda (Xzannjah), is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration in it while her everyday life is filled with harsh uncertainty as the realities of the civil war come to her village.

Critic Reviews:

  • " Adapted from the best-selling novel by Lloyd Jones, Mr. Pip is a movie coming from a good place, destined to take you to a bad place. " – Leigh Paatsch
  • " I love films that surprise me and this heartfelt and unexpectedly powerful film that uses Charles Dickens' Great Expectations as a catalyst for inspiration, certainly does that " – Louise Keller
  • " Hugh Laurie as the children's teacher Mr Watts is both hauntingly sad and inspiring, and the captivating Xzannjah as Matilda is a natural. " – Rebecca Barry Hill
Release date NZ
April 23rd, 2014
Movie Format
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Aspect Ratios
  • 1.78 : 1
  • 2.35 : 1
Length (Minutes)
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Number of Discs
Countries of Production
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
Original Release Year
Box Dimensions (mm)
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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