Bread and Roses (1994 film)

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Bread and Roses
Directed by Gaylene Preston
Produced by Robin Laing
Written by Graeme Tetley
Gaylene Preston
Starring Genevieve Picot
Cinematography Alun Bollinger
Release dates
  • June 17, 1994 (1994-06-17)
Running time
195 minutes
Language English
Budget SNZ 3 million

Bread and Roses is a 1994 biographical film showing significant episodes in the political life of socialist and feminist Sonja Davies, based on her autobiography of the same name. She is portrayed from her early years to her election to the Nelson Hospital Board. Made as a Suffrage Year tribute to the women of New Zealand. Helen Martin says the film is fascinating as a social history, showing her empathy with working class women. The film was shown on television in four episodes in October 1993.


Genevieve Picot as Sonya Davies


  • New Zealand Film 1912-1996 by Helen Martin & Sam Edwards p169 (1997, Oxford University Press, Auckland) ISBN 019 558336 1

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