Escaping into Dickens

It may be one of those cases where the written word has an advantage over its dramatic realisation on film, because this story of a young woman surmounting the horrors taking place around her through literature is only fleetingly effective.

The civil war in Bougainville — in which the copper-rich island attempted to establish independence from Papua New Guinea —has left the village where Matilda (Xzannjah) lives with her mother depleted of its menfolk. The older ones, like Matilda’s