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As a bitter civil war tears apart the lives of his students an isolated English school teacher (House star Hugh Laurie) in Bougainville finds a unique way to inculcate hope; 14-year-old Matilda (Xzannjah) is enthralled by his Dickens-infused disaster survival lessons. The life during wartime tale was directed by Kiwi Andrew Adamson (Shrek) and adapted from the 2006 Booker Prize short-listed Lloyd Jones novel. Adamson spent time in Papua New Guinea as a teenage son to missionary parents. Laurie and Xzannjah won best actor gongs at the 2013 Moa (NZ Film) Awards.

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 Hugh Laurie
 Andrew Adamson
 Dean Vanech

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 mark baird

mark baird

Sounds good I did some missionary work at Kiunga. Western province

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Quotes

We’ve all lost a lot in recent times. Those losses remind ourselves of the things we can never lose: our minds and our imaginations ... and our great expectations. 

Awards

2013 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (The Moas)
Best Actor: Hugh Laurie
Best Actress: Xzannjah
Best Costume Design: Ngila Dickson
Best Score: Harry Gregson-Williams and Tim Finn

2012 Toronto Film Festival
World Premiere - Special Presentation

Festivals include:
2013 Hawaii, 2012 Toronto