It’s been a long time coming for PNG.
LUKIM YU is the first film to focus on the daily lives of young, urban Papua New Guineans.
It tracks their highs and their lows as they face formidable challenges and yet rise above them. It is a story of hope – of the aspirations of young people for a better future.
So here’s the story:
“Melissa and John are worlds apart and when they meet, John’s controversial ideas mean their conversations erupt in a fiery clash of minds. Melissa’s mother plans to marry her off against her will, but she has plans of her own and won’t stand by and quietly agree to the traditional model of a PNG marriage. Perhaps she has more in common with John than she first thought?
Lukim Yu – a new story for a new generation.”
We won’t go further into it but that pretty much sets the stage.
And here are some interesting facts about this film:
- The film is shot in PNG using exclusively PNG actors.
- The film stars talented, up and coming actors, and for most of them this is the cinematic debut.
- There are some familiar faces from PNG Television, including Tinzey Mau from EMTV’s Vocal Fusion, and Russell “Frogi Boy” Ashwin.
- The male lead is an exception actor named Godfree Kaptigau, who is surrounded by a strong supporting cast, including Fabian Hera and Pauline Onsa, all of whom have theatrical experience with the Moresby Arts Theatre
- The story centres around 4 young people living in Port Moresby:
- John, who works as a gardener to pay his way through university. He is a deep thinker who likes to look at life from a different angle.
- Melissa, a student, and the daughter of a wealthy family. She is strong-willed and doesn’t suffer fools.
- Jimmy, a Rugby League player who loves to have a good time, which sometimes leads to mischief.
- Maria, Jimmy’s girlfriend who works in a shop, where they met. She is an unpolished gem, with a heart of gold.
- This is the first film to focus on the daily lives of young, urban Papua New Guineans. It tracks their highs and their lows as they face formidable challenges and yet rise above them. It is a story of hope – of the aspirations of young people for a better future.
- The story begins with John and Melissa meeting and finding immediately that they disagree about everything. Melissa can’t believe her ears at first and yet she can’t help but be intrigued by John’s ideas. So she continues talking to him, even when forbidden by her controlling mother.
- In addition to the themes of intergenerational change and gender equality, the film addresses topics such as violence, sorcery and arranged marriage.
We’re looking forward to watching this film and we hope you are too. It’s a film most of us Papua New Guineans can relate to which makes it more meaningful, educational and how we see ourselves from the outside.