Filming began in Bougainville for Mr Pip, the movie based on the novel by New Zealander Lloyd Jones. It tells the story of the last white man left on the strife-torn island of Bougainville during the 1990 blockade by Papua New Guinea. He re-opens a school and uses his favourite novel, Dickens' Great Expectations, to inspire students, particularly a gifted 14-year-old named Matilda. The action takes place during the decade-long civil war in the autonomous province off the coast of Papua New Guinea. A former Bougainville MP, Francesca Semosa, who has been cast in the film, told Radio New Zealand International the story was close to many people's hearts, and would portray the hardships of women, children and men during the civil war.
Hugh Laurie speaks to Alan Yentob about the role music has played in his life and career in a Culture Show special.
Snippet from Italian TV about Hugh Laurie's blues project.