This feature film tells the story of writer and educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner as she forges her visionary philosophy of “organic teaching” while teaching Māori children at an isolated school with her husband in the 1940s. Taking in romance and struggle, Michael Firth’s portrait was widely praised: Village Voice named it one of the 10 best films of 1985 and critic Andrew Sarris gushed: “the intensely interacting performances of the four principals is nothing short of breathtaking”. The film is based on Ashton-Warner’s books Teacher and I Passed This Way.
This is a movie of eloquent dialogue and even more eloquent silences; of wonderful faces that tell whole worlds in a glance, a pause, a kiss in the rain.– Molly Haskell in (US) Vogue, July 1985
Southern Light Films
Title licensed by Sales Agency NZ Film Sales.
Available on DVD from Products New Zealand