Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2017

Nomination Detail

Hollie Fifer’s debut film is a David-and-Goliath battle over a slice of Papua New Guinea paradise. Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill Settlement, struggles to save his 3,000 people before they are forcibly evicted to make way for a five-star hotel and marina. Despite betrayals, police brutality and risks to his own life, Joe battles through the courts for three years with a coalition of allies including Dr Kristian Lasslett of the International State Crime Initiative and a team of pro-bono lawyers fighting the companies who want to take away his community’s home. The subject of its own court action, The Opposition shows how easily corruption can take hold.


The Asia Pacific Screen Academy expresses its respect for and acknowledgement of the South East Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of country, including the custodial communities on whose land works are created and celebrated by the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. We acknowledge the continuing connection to land, waters and communities. We also pay our respects to Elders, past and emerging. We recognise the integral role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nations peoples continue to play in storytelling and celebration spaces.

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