Mr. Pip

Synopsis: Mr Watts is the only white man left on the island after the blockade. He opens the school and introduces the children the 'Great Expectations.' Matilda, the teenage narrator finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels are getting closer. Matilda writes 'Pip' in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Andrew Adamson
Production: Freestyle Releasing
  6 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min


When I was young,

my mother wove me a sleeping mat.

She said that if I got lost

in a bad dream,

all I needed to do was roll over

and feel the very seam.

That seam was the current

that would carry me home.

But what if home was a bad dream?

Our teachers told us that the place

we lived was called Bougainville,

part of a small group

of South Pacific islands

owned by Papua New Guinea.

But according to my mother, our island

was a woman and we lived in her heart.

She said no-one could own that.

But Papua New Guinea said our heart

I'm a mining company.

My dad used to work at the mine,

but when all the trouble stated,

he left to find work in Australia.

Mum and Dad argued a lot about that.

We were going to join him later

Mum said we'd go on the next boat.

That's what she said after every boat.

Higher. It's high as I can get it. are running low.

News of war came to

our little village in bits and rumours.

We heard that some of our people

declared war on the mine

and shut it down.

We heard that Papua New Guinea

was sending in the army.

We heard they were going to

seal off our island

so no-one would be able

to get in or out.

First, they closed the mine.

They cut off our supplies

and closed down the schools.

All the whites left.

All except Pop-Eye, that is.

Mum said he stayed

because Ms wife Grace

would never leave the island again.

Pop-Eye! Pop-Eye!

Pop-Eye! Pop-Eye!


We thought Pop-Eye's tribe

had forgotten him.

Or that maybe he was being punished

for an old crime.

Whatever his reason,

it was easy to see that Grace was mad.

Pop-Eye was more of a mystery.

Pop-Eye! Pop-Eye!

Mind your own business.

The PNG government

mean to starve us out,

but Abraham said,

'God will provide the lamb.'


We still have what we always had.

We have our fish...


...our pigs, our chicken, our fruits,

and we have our faith.


#All good gifts around us

are sent from Heaven above

I' Then thank the Lord

# I thank the Lord

For all His love. I



Me like ask him you something.

We speak English in this house.

Do you miss Dad?

Why do you ask that, girl'?

There's not going to be another boat,

is there?


Does it make a difference?

Sometimes I miss him.

Sometimes when you look along the beach,

there is your father, Matilda.

He's walking towards me.

And me'!?

And you, yes.

Your father is walking towards us both.

Get up.

Come on, lazybones! You've got school.

What are you talking about?

School's been closed for months.

We haven't got a teacher.

You do now.

He's coming! Sit down, sit down!

Thank you for coming.

I wasn't sure you would.

Wasn't sure I would.

Look, I'll be honest.

I... I have no wisdom.

I'm not a teacher,

but I will try my best.

That is my promise to you children. Yes?

Yes, Mr Watts.

Yes, Mr Watts,

Yes, Pop-Eye!

Oh, I know that some of you

call me 'Pop-Eye',

and... that's fine.

I actually quite like Pop-Eye.

Yes, Mr Pop-Eye.

I want this to be a place of light,

no matter what happens.

So, the first thing we must do

is clear this space for learning.

I have been saving some batteries

for a special occasion.

So lets open all the windows

and clean all the rubbish off the desks.

'My father's family name being Pirrip,

and my Christian name Philip... infant tongue could make

of both names

nothing longer or more explicit

than Pip.

So, I called myself Pip,

and came to be called Pip.'

Yes. Well, I welcome questions.

And if you do have a question,

perhaps you'd be kind enough

to tell me your name.

Daniel, sir.

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Andrew Adamson

Andrew Ralph Adamson (born 1 December 1966) is a New Zealand film director, producer and screenwriter based mainly in Los Angeles, where he made the animation films, Shrek and Shrek 2 for which he received an Academy Award win. He was director, executive producer, and scriptwriter for the 2005 production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He also worked on the movies Batman Forever and Batman & Robin as a visual effects supervisor. He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours. more…

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