Q&A: Joanna Lester, film­maker

The rugby league jour­nal­ist has di­rected Power Meri, a newly re­leased doc­u­men­tary about the PNG Or­chids.

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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?

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