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Sylvia

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1985

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Mature

Michael Firth's 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 in the 1940s. Taking in romance and struggle, the drama was widely praised: Village Voice named it one of the 10 best films of 1985, while critic Andrew Sarris found “the intensely interacting performances" of the four principals "nothing short of breathtaking”. The film is based on Ashton-Warner’s books Teacher and I Passed This Way. Supporting actor Mary Regan won a GOFTA award.

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

Key Cast & Crew

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Eleanor David

As: Sylvia

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Don Reynolds

Producer

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Michael Firth

Writer, Producer, Director

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Michele Quill

Writer

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F. Fairfax

Writer

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Alison Bruce

As: Elizabeth

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Produced by

  • Cinepro/Pillsbury Films

  • Southern Light Films