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Weekend - The Making of Sylvia

Television (Excerpts) – 1984

Sylvia Ashton-Warner shows her prickly side in a brief interview at the start of this Weekend item, which backgrounds a movie based on the pioneering educationalist's life. Reporter Ainslie Talbot arrives in small-town Pipiriki on the Whanganui, to visit one of the most expensive sets then built for a local film. He interviews Sylvia's director Michael Firth, who spent seven years getting the project off the ground, and talks to UK actor Eleanor David, who plays Sylvia. The film would go on to win rave reviews overseas, and praise for David's "intelligent, compassionate performance".

She wasn't ordinary. She wasn't at all ordinary.
– Actor Eleanor David on Sylvia Ashton-Warner

Key Cast & Crew

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Gordon McLauchlan

Presenter

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Chris Bailey

Director

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Michael Firth

Subject

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Bryan Williams

Producer

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Eleanor David

Subject

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Ainslie Talbot

Reporter

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