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Directed by: Andrew Adamson 2012 | 133 min.

Section: New American Filmmakers

Premiere: United States


Sponsored by:

The Vilcek Foundation

Adapted by Andrew Adamson from the best-selling novel by Lloyd Jones, MR. PIP is the story of how Mr. Watts, a teacher on the war-torn island of Bougainville, helps a young girl survive the violence of her daily life through the power of imagination. Mr Watts reads from his favourite book, “Great Expectations,” and 14-year-old Matilda is transported into the Victorian world, finding inspiration, friendship and hope when her real life is filled with harsh uncertainty and danger.

MR. PIP is set in Bougainville during the 1990s when the country was torn apart by a war over copper mining and land rights, and most of the story it tells is very close to the experiences of the people there.

As part of the New American Filmmakers program designed to highlight the contributions of immigrants to American cinema, HIFF will be hosting a special extended conversation with MR. PIP director Andrew Adamson directly following the first screening of the film. This master class discussion hosted by HIFF Programming Director Anderson Le will focus on the director's extensive career, culminating in his latest feature MR. PIP.

HIFF is also honored to have acclaimed film composer Harry Gregson-Williams in attendance as a featured participant in the New American Filmmakers program. Gregson-Williams will be participating in a special film composer's panel, SOUND X VISION: MUSIC IN FILM on Saturday October 12th, as part of HIFF's Creative Lab program. MR. PIP represents his latest collaboration with Andrew Adamson.

Click here for more information on the NAF program and the 2013 New American Filmmakers.


New Zealand native Andrew Adamson is an acclaimed director, writer and producer. Adamson latest feature MR. PIP is adapted from Lloyd Jones’ award-winning novel. Adamson made his directorial debut with SHREK, the first film to win an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. Adamson went on to write and direct SHREK 2, which garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. (click here for full bio)


HARRY GREGSON-WILLIAMS is one of Hollywood’s most sought after composers. He worked on all four installments of the SHREK franchise; and received Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominations for his score to THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE. His recent work includes Andrew Adamson’s MR PIP, TOTAL RECALL, and Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. Born in England to a musical family, Gregson-Williams has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1995. (click here for full bio)


Saturday, October 12 2:30 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Wednesday, October 16 3:30 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Andrew Adamson
Screenwriter Andrew Adamson
Producer Andrew Adamson, Robin Scholes, Leslie Urdang, Dean Vanech
Executive Producer Tim Coddington, Timothy White, Dan Revers, James Dean, Julie Christie
Cast Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah, Joel Healesville
Cinematographer John Toon
Editor Sim Evans-Jones
Music Composer Harry Gregson-Williams

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