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No Ordinary Sheila Film (Trailer) – 2017 Documentary

No Ordinary Sheila

Film (Trailer) – 2017 Documentary

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No Ordinary Sheila unfurls the life story of the adventurous, multi-talented Sheila Natusch: from first opening her eyes to nature while growing up on Stewart Island, as the daughter of a ranger and an artist; through befriending Janet Frame during teacher training, to the many books Natusch went on to write and/or illustrate. Filmmaker Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand) directs this portrait of a lover of nature and life, her joy unbowed by age. Natusch died on 10 August 2017, just days after watching the film as part of a packed house at the 2017 Wellington Film Festival. 

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I have been chided in my time for not using scientific or stately language. It's just not in me ... I can't be formal.
– Sheila Natusch

Availability

World premiere on 3 August 2017 at Wellington's Soundings Theatre (in Te Papa), as part of the 2017 NZ International Film Festival

Followed by further NZ Film Festival screenings 

Acknowledgements

Completed with the assistance of a Feature Film Finishing Grant from the NZ Film Commission