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The Opposition wins

Aussie doco The Opposition has won its court battle against an injunction which has prevented the film from screening.

Directed by Hollie Fifer, The Opposition follows the story of a community in Papua New Guinea battling against eviction to make way for redevelopment. An edited version of the film was played at HotDocs, but the film was pulled from this year’s edition of Doc Edge at the filmmakers’ request because of the injunction.

Doc Edge is now in discussions with the filmmakers to see whether it will be possible to screen the film.

The injunction against the film was taken out by consultant to the Paga Hill Development Company (PHDC) and former PNG politician Dame Carol Kidu. The injunction claimed that Kidu hadn’t known the film would be given public exhibition and that she believed the film was a student project.

In the film Kidu is shown in 2012 (before she became a consultant for PHDC) opposing the evictions. PHDC funded Kidu’s legal costs for the case.

Trailer: The Opposition

In the NSW Supreme Court this week, Justice Rein dismissed the injunction, calling Kidu’s claims “without any foundation whatsoever”and saying. “The impression gained is that [Kidu] is prepared, for her own benefit and that of PHDC, to say anything to stop the footage taken of her by Ms Fifer being broadcast.”

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