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Fri 9 Apr 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Sat 10 Apr 2010, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $8.00
  • Concession for seniors and students: $6.00
  • Additional fees may apply

(NZ, 1985, PG, 98 mins)

"Sylvia Ashton-Warner, a New Zealand writer, had an appetite for art and life that demanded satisfaction. One of those throbbingly esthetical creatures, she yearned for the cultural oases of London or Paris, but it was in a New Zealand backwater, as a teacher of Maori children, that she found her vocation as a writer and educator.

This Sylvia is a lovely and loving tribute to that fascinating woman. The film begins with excerpts of an interview with the old but ferociously strong minded Ashton-Warner, and then takes us through the year in which Sylvia, played by the British actress Eleanor David, comes with her schoolteacher husband to a remote rural outpost.

This lush, humid, incredibly green, and appallingly primitive spot, captured by Firth in all its natural splendour, is the setting for an awakening in which the neurotic and gifted Sylvia and her pupils discover the world in themselves." - US Vogue

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