No Ordinary Sheila unfurls the life story of the adventurous, multi-talented Sheila Natusch: from first opening her eyes to nature — and the task of getting it down on paper — while growing up on Stewart Island as the daughter of a ranger and an artist; through befriending Janet Frame during teacher training, to the dozens of books Natusch has gone on to write and/or illustrate. Veteran filmmaker Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand) directs this portrait of a lover of nature and life, her joy unbowed by age. No Ordinary Sheila is debuts at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival.
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
World premiere in Wellington at Te Papa's Soundings Theatre, on 3 August 2017, as part of the 2017 NZ International Film Festival
Followed by further NZ Film Festival screenings