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Bread & Roses Film (Excerpts) – 1993 Documentary Drama

Bread & Roses

Film (Excerpts) – 1993 Documentary Drama

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Made 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 production played on television screens, and also got a limited cinema release. Australian actor Geneviève Picot (as Sonja Davies) and Mick Rose (as her husband) won gongs for their roles at the 1994 NZ Film and TV Awards. Bianca Zander writes about Bread & Roses here.

Bread and Roses is Preston/Laing's best work yet and ... a wonderful suffrage year tribute to women of New Zealand.
– Helen Martin in Illusions Magazine, 1994

Produced by

Preston*Laing Productions

Availability

Available on DVD from Gaylene Preston Productions

First television screening on 3 October 1993, on TV One's Montana Sunday Theatre

Acknowledgements

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

Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

Music by John Charles

Closing track 'Bread and Roses' composed by James Oppenheim and Mimi Fariña, and sung by Lisa Schou