Hell in the Pacific


Format: BetaSP/Hi8
Directed By: Glen Ellis
Produced By: Sylvia Stevens
Released : 1993
Duration: 52 min
Created For: Channel 4

British mining conglomerate RTZ’s Bougainville Island operations came to an abrupt and bloody end in 1989. The islanders seized control of Bougainville and closed the mine, demanding compensation for the massive environmental damage which the company had caused to the island.

‘Hell in the Pacific’ is the island story of the Bougainville and Lihir islanders continuing resistance to the mining companies. The film is an intimate account of the local people’s determination to stand up against the world’s largest mining company in order to preserve their culture and environment, despite the huge cost in human life.