Q&A: Joanna Lester, filmmaker
The rugby league journalist has directed Power Meri, a newly released documentary about the PNG Orchids.
players whose stories we tell are hugely inspiring in different ways. Cathy Neap is a mother and trailblazing leader. Della Audama has defied a tough upbringing to represent her country. Schoolgirl Gloria Kaupa dreams of becoming both a professional rugby league player and a doctor.
Q: How do you hope the film will be received outside PNG?
A: I hope it gives audiences a new appreciation and understanding of PNG – a country that is rarely portrayed on the big screen. I also hope the story of the Orchids, a group of pioneering women putting their hands up to be part of something new and exciting despite criticism and barriers, will inspire audiences everywhere.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the making of the film?