After studying contemporary Māori art, Jane Shearer worked behind the scenes in film, and as an award-winning advertising copywriter. Nature's Way - her acclaimed directorial debut - was invited to 24 festivals, including Cannes. It won best short at the 2006 NZ Screen Awards. Shearer and partner Steve Ayson developed the film together, as they did Shearer's award-nominated follow-up short, Bird.

I wanted to explore the idea that it all catches up with you in the end, and how karma conscience or the spiritual ends up being the deliverer of justice. Jane Shearer, on her short film Nature’s Way