Watch an exclusive clip of Hugh Laurie as Mr Watts is the movie adoption of Lloyd Jones's Mr Pip.
As the last white man on Bouganville, an island gripped by civil war, the enigmatic Mr Watts (Laurie) takes on the responsibility of teaching the island's children, reading to them aloud from Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.
He here introduces the assembled villagers to the character 'Jaggers', through a performance of one of the key moments in Dickens' famous story.
The movie, directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and shot on location in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, will be generally released on October 3 in New Zealand.
New Zealand will be the first to see the film on general release.
In September last year Mr Pip was selected to premiere in the "special presentation’" section at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Kerry Doole, of Exclaim! magazine, called the movie ‘‘a powerful and poetic film’’ and said ‘‘the production values are of the highest order, as you'd expect with the participation of such Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings alumni as production designer Grant Major and costume designer Ngila Dickson’’.
An Iceberg Ink blog reviewer said he was truly affected by the movie.
‘‘I'd easily vote it as one of the best so far this year. Hopefully this comes out wide in release as I feel it's a very important film . . . we need to take stock of the things we take for granted in Western society and how it affects the world.’’
- © Fairfax NZ News
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