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Bread & Roses Film – 1993 Documentary Drama

Bread & Roses

Film – 1993 Documentary Drama

PG Parental Guidance
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Released to mark 100 years of women's suffrage in New Zealand, Bread & Roses tells the story of pioneering trade unionist, politician and feminist Sonja Davies (1923 - 2005) who rose to prominence in the 1940s and 50s. Directed by Gaylene Preston and co-written by Graeme Tetley, the acclaimed three-hour film was created for a dual cinema/television release. Australian actor Geneviève Picot (Davies) and Mick Rose (as her husband) were awarded for their roles at 1994’s TV Awards. This excerpt sees Davies take direct action to protest closure of a Nelson railway.

Warm, generous, and moving to a fault, this superbly mounted evocation of a life and an era slips through its epic length without a hint of a stumble.
– Costa Botes, Onfilm, review, 1993

Produced by

Preston*Laing Productions

Availability

Available on DVD from Gaylene Preston Productions.

Rights

The copyright for this title is held by Preston*Laing Productions.

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from NZ On Air, Television New Zealand, 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year Trust, the New Zealand Film Commission and Beyond Distribution.

Music

Music by John Charles.
Closing track 'Bread and Roses' sung by Lisa Schou, composed by J Oppenheim and M Farina