Sylvia (1985 film)

Sylvia is a 1985 biographical film about New Zealand educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner, inspired by two of her books. The film was directed and co-written by New Zealander Michael Firth, and stars British actor Eleanor David as Ashton-Warner, alongside Tom Wilkinson, Nigel Terry and Mary Regan.

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Directed byMichael Firth
Produced byMichael Firth
Don Reynolds
Written bySylvia Ashton-Warner
F. Fairfax
Michael Firth
Michele Quill
StarringEleanor David
Nigel Terry
Tom Wilkinson
Music byLeonard Rosenman
CinematographyIan Paul
Edited byMichael Horton
Distributed byMGM/UA
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Running time
95 min.
CountryNew Zealand

The Village Voice critic Andrew Sarris rated Sylvia one of the ten best films of 1985. It also won praise from Vogue.

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