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Bread & Roses (1994)

Summarises the early life of politician Sonja Davies. Sonja is a young independent socialist embarking on a career in nursing during World War 2.


Gaylene Preston


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Geneviève Picot ... Sonja Davies
Mick Rose ... Charlie
Perry Piercy Perry Piercy ... Megaphone Woman
Ingrid Prosser Ingrid Prosser ... Older Woman on Wharf
Tina Regtien Tina Regtien ... Con
Frances Kewene Frances Kewene ... Maisie
Lilian Enting Lilian Enting ... Woman Patient #1
Rosalie Carey Rosalie Carey ... Woman Patient #2
Denise O'Connell Denise O'Connell ... Women's Ward Sister
Virginia Haisman Virginia Haisman ... Dead Young Woman
John Wraight John Wraight ... Young Doctor
Emily Perkins Emily Perkins ... Joan
Theresa Healey Theresa Healey ... Peggy
Larissa Matheson Larissa Matheson ... Dot
Jonathon Hendry Jonathon Hendry ... Pacifist Friend #1 (as Jonathan Hendry)


Summarises the early life of politician Sonja Davies. Sonja is a young independent socialist embarking on a career in nursing during World War 2. Written by Brian Rawnsley <rawnsleb@natlib.govt.nz>

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17 June 1994 (Australia) See more »

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Bread and Roses See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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A satisfying budget production
2 November 1998 | by Kiwi-7See all my reviews

The details listed here show this to be only 90+ minutes (USA), but in NZ it ran over several nights on television and made quite a strong impression on viewers. Made on a budget smaller than some 30-second tv ads, it is still full of solid performances, and it tells an interesting story of a real woman whose life experiences were quite extraordinary.

A particularly apt film for people interested in the early years of the women's movement and/or the Labour Party.

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