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Young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella; a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear.

Teachers' notes

This resource is intended for use with students aged 13-19 studying the novel in English, or exploring aspects of the production in media or film studies courses. The activities here explore the enduring popularity of the novel and the particular details of the 2012 film adaptation.

In addition to these resources, our screenings archive has audio and transcripts from a special Film Education screening and Q&A with director Mike Newell held in October 2012.


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Trailer transcript

(Sounds of bells; gulls; chains)

MAGWITCH: Hold your noise, hold your noise you little devil or I’ll cut your throat! Tell us yer name, quick!

PIP: Pip!

MAGWITCH: Once more, give it mouth!

PIP: Pip!



ESTELLA: Do you wish to see Miss Havisham?

MISS HAVISHAM: Let me look at you. Come closer!


MISS HAVISHAM: What do you think of her?

PIP: I think she’s very pretty

MISS HAVISHAM: You could break his heart!


JAGGERS: It is the desire of the benefactor that he be brought up as a gentleman in London

(Glasses smashing)

PIP: What do you think?

JAGGERS: There are conditions of course – the first is that the name of the benefactor remain a profound secret. The second thing, that you always retain the name


He has come into a handsome fortune and he has great expectations

ESTELLA: You must know I have no heart

PIP: I don’t believe it

ESTELLA: I have been made that way

MISS HAVISHAM: If she wounds you, love her if she fails you, love her. If she tears your heart to pieces, love her – love her, love!

PIP: How can you give your affections to that man – the looks and smiles you never give to me?

ESTELLA: Do you want me to deceive you?

PIP: Do you deceive him?

ESTELLA: Yes! All men but you.


PIP: You risked your life to come to me!

JAGGERS: If he’s found he will hang

MAGWITCH: I was sent for life. It is death to come back


PIP: I have loved you since I first saw you in this house

ESTELLA: But it touches nothing, here

PIP: It’s not natural!

ESTELLA: It is natural in me!

PIP: Yet still I love you

JAGGERS: You believed what you chose to believe

PIP: Was that kind?

MISS HAVISHAM: Who am I to be kind!

PIP: Estella? Come with me now


(Music builds)

(Cannon fires)

MISS HAVISHAM: I stole her heart away and put ice in its place

PIP: You’re in every thought. You’re part of my existence, part of me

Clip 2: Pip & Magwitch


PIP: Who are you?

MAGWITCH: Wait, wait wait – shhh shhh, wait…

PIP: How did you get in here…? (Long pause) Good god! What are you…

MAGWITCH: You acted noble, my boy – noble and I’ve never forgot it!

PIP: Look if you’re grateful for what I did (glass smashes) as a boy it’s not necessary. Really! You must understand…

MAGWITCH: What must I understand?

PIP: That I cannot renew our acquaintance, that my life has changed since then. I am glad that you’re well and you’ve repented but really you must go. Please?

MAGWITCH: How about a drink first, before I go?

Clip 3: Pip & Estella

ESTELLA: Give me your hand (pause). Be happy, Pip. This will pass in time. I’ll be out of your thoughts in a week!

PIP: Out of my thoughts? You’re in every thought! You’re part of my existence, you’re part of me – you’re in every thought, in every line I’ve ever read since I first came here. You’re in the river, the sails of ships, the sea, the clouds – the stones of London. Until the last hours of my life you will remain in me – part of the little good, part of the evil – and I will always think of the good.

(Music builds)

PIP: Goodbye, God bless you!