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Three New Zealanders: Sylvia Ashton-Warner Television – 1978 Documentary

Three New Zealanders: Sylvia Ashton-Warner

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Visionary educationalist and novelist Sylvia Ashton-Warner is interviewed by leading educationalist of the day, Jack Shallcrass, in this documentary about her life and work. From her home in Tauranga the film explores her educational philosophies (“organic teaching” and her “drive to diffuse the impulse to kill”) and her “divided life” between woman and artist, as she plays piano and interacts with children. It is the only interview she ever made for television, and was the first of the Three New Zealanders documentaries made to mark International Women's Year.

Key Cast & Crew

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Bruce Clark

Director

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John Barnett

Producer

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Jack Shallcrass

Interviewer

I don't write 'deliberately'. Do we breathe 'deliberately'?
– Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Produced by

Endeavour Films

Acknowledgements

Commissioned by the Broadcasting Council of New Zealand with the support of the QEII Arts Council, and Qantas.