Sylvia (TEFC)

New Zealand, 1984

Film
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A dramatisation of the extraordinary life of the revolutionary educator, Sylvia Ashton-Warner and her work with Maori children in the late 1940’s in a remote part of New Zealand. She achieves wondrous results but is more than just a teacher. In a sensitive portrayal, Eleanor David depicts her artistry, nervousness, gift for friendship, cultural isolation and her courage in fighting a boorish collection of educational inspectors. Also starring Nigel Terry, Tom Wilkinson, Mary Regan. Co-starring Martyn Sanderson, Terence Cooper, David Letch and Sarah Pierce. Based on “Teacher” and “I passed this way” by Sylvia Ashton-Warner.

Credits

director

Michael Firth

co-producer

Michael Firth

Don Reynolds

production company

Unitel

Cinepro

Southern Light Pictures

Language

English

Duration

01:38:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34654

Subject categories

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Teaching

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - New Zealand

History → History

People → Ashton-Warner, Sylvia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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