Sylvia (1985)

A dramatised account of the events which led Sylvia Ashton-Warner to develop the revolutionary approach to teaching which won her worldwide acclaim. When Sylvia and her husband, arrive at a small country school (Puhoi), they find that many of the pupils cannot read. She finds that the dull, inflexible approach to teaching, as dictated by the Education Department, fails to engage the interest of these country kids, many of whom are Maori. When she develops a more exciting approach, officials become even more inflexible.

Director: Michael Firth.
Stars: Eleanor David, Nigel Terry, Tom Wilkinson, Mary Regan, Martyn Sanderson, Terence Cooper, David Letch, Sarah Peirse, Joe George, Eileen Glover, Graham Glover, Tessa Wells, Jonathan Porteous, Cherie Nepia, Robert Nepia.


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  1. Cass
    April 19, 2018

    What a great surprise, Jon! When I made my two requests, you only mentioned being able to find Felice Felice (1998), so I was overjoyed when I saw this posted today! Thank you soooo much!

  2. JW
    April 19, 2018

    Super rare film, Jon! Thanks!

  3. Mo
    October 5, 2018

    I can’t believe you did my request! I asked for that caused I was interested in Eleanor David’s filmography Thank you!

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