Sylvia (1985 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael Firth
Produced by Michael Firth
Don Reynolds
Written by Sylvia Ashton-Warner
F. Fairfax
Michael Firth
Michele Quill
Starring Eleanor David
Nigel Terry
Tom Wilkinson
Music by Leonard Rosenman
Cinematography Ian Paul
Edited by Michael Horton
Distributed by MGM/UA
Release date
Running time
95 min.
Country New Zealand
Language English

Sylvia (1985) is a 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.

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

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