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No Ordinary Sheila

NZ, 2017, 98mins, G

Directed by Hugh Macdonald (feature debut)
Starring Sheila Natusch, Kim Hill, Susan Hamel, Dinah Priestley, Shaun Barnett, Ken Scadden, Andy Dennis, Euan Macdonald
Documentary

Trailer

Showing

  • Saturday 25 Nov, 7:30PM NEW
  • Wednesday, 29 Nov, 2PM
  • Sunday 3 Dec, 2PM
  • Wednesday, 13 Dec, 2PM

Documentary on writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch, retracing a long life dedicated to sharing her love of New Zealand’s nature and history.

“Featuring beautiful historic footage of the lower South in the 30s and 40s, this film offers fascinating glimpses into life as one of few female students at Otago University, and covers Sheila’s friendship with Janet Frame and their subsequent and unsuccessful foray into teaching. Moving to Wellington in the 50s saw Sheila and husband Gerald Natusch take up residence in Owhiro Bay, while she took professional stints at the National Library and Correspondence School.” (New Zealand International Film Festival)

No Ordinary Sheila is a love letter to a woman, several landscapes and a generation, and – much like Sheila herself – is one of those “they don’t make ’em like that anymore” pieces of work that can’t help but leave you smiling.” Graeme Tuckett stuff.co.nz