This documentary celebrates the connection between WWll heroine Nancy Wake and Aotearoa's Black Ferns, who won the 2017 Rugby World Cup in Dublin. Wake was born in Wellington in 1912; she was living and working in Paris when WWll broke out. She joined the French Resistance and earned the nickname The White Mouse by constantly eluding capture. Black Fern Charmaine McMenamin describes the huge influence Wake had on her team during their World Cup preparation — so much so, that they named the trophy Nancy. Included is footage from a candid 2006 interview with Wake, when she was 92.
When we were fighting, we were fighting. When we were not, we were drinking...we were drinking anything we could get, but I was very lucky, I realised I was lucky I was never captured by the Germans.– Legendary Resistance fighter Nancy Wake remembers living hard during WW2
Interview with director David Blyth & Black Fern Charmaine McMenamin, Radio New Zealand, April 2019
Black Fern Charmaine McMenamin & Assistant Coach Wesley Clarke on Nancy Wake, All Blacks website, 2019
Obituary of Nancy Wake by her biographer Peter FitzSimons, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011