Documentary She Shears profiles five women who blow away stereotypes and sexism in the traditionally male world of sheep shearing. Two are legends of the sport: Emily Welch and Jills Angus Burney (also a High Court barrister). The other three are hoping to make their mark with the blades at the sport's pinnacle: Masterton’s Golden Shears. The event has no separate gender categories. She Shears was directed by first-timer Jack Nicol, and produced by Breaker Upperers producers Ainsley Gardiner and Georgina Conder. It debuted at the 2018 NZ International Film Festival.
I think I've been begging my dad to shear a sheep since I was eight or nine years old, but I was never allowed.– One of the shearers interviewed
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 11 October 2018
World premiere at Auckland's ASB Waterfront Theatre on 1 August 2018, as part of the 2018 NZ International Film Festival