In production now

No Ordinary Sheila


Director: Hugh Macdonald

Producer:  Christine Dann


April 2017 update
























We're in the Festival! No Ordinary Sheila has been accepted for the 2017 New Zealand International Film Festival. The premiere will be in Wellington at the end of July, and then the film will screen in the other Festival centres (from Auckland to Gore) in August or September.


Please spread the word. We'll be updating the webpage with details of when and where the screenings will be as soon as we have them.


In the meantime we're getting on with finishing the film. Our last piece of content – the theme song – was composed by the talented musician and song-writer Andrew  London in March, and recorded by the Andrew London Trio, plus Wayne Mason on keyboards. Kirsten London takes the lead vocals and Andrew and Nils Olsen harmonise with her. The words of the song are witty, clever and fun (just like Sheila), and the tune is exceedingly catchy.

Four months to this year's film festival – and No Ordinary Sheila will be there.

Andrew Longon trio. Enjoy some of Andrew's music here and here.

The rest of the finishing work is mainly technical, ensuring that all images and sound are of the highest possible quality. This is a bit of a challenge with regard to some of the still and moving images used in the film, especially those which are over fifty years old. They are worth the effort, as No Ordinary Sheila contains excerpts of old films of New Zealand life that have never been seen on a commercial cinema screen before, or have not been seen on one for fifty-five years or more.


(If you're interested in New Zealand's maritime history and geography, like Sheila, check out the news item 'Charting the Seas' – the third item on this 1953 Pictorial Parade.)



Wellington artist and illustrator Bob Kerr's latest book - Bob has contributed some lovely illustrations of scenes from Sheila's life to the film.








Much more to see here...


… when the film is finished. If you can't wait that long, and would like more regular updates on progress, please email Producer Christine Dann here to go on our No Ordinary Sheila newsletter mailing list.


Now read on for some scenes from Sheila's early story ...

Sheila Natusch in 2007, after the award of her Order of New Zealand medal, with a collage she made of some of the books she has written and (for many) illustrated.

Hugh (left) and Ivars Berzins film Kim Hill interviewing Sheila Natusch at Radio NZ in May 2014. You can listen to the interview here.

Sheila 'cycling' through South Westland in 1958, on the old cattle track between Paringa and Haast, where creeks were many and bridges non-existent.

A family film: Hugh's grandson Remy with Sheila at Tarakena Bay. Remy is getting Sheila to identify the shellfish and other sealife he has found at the beach, with the aid of her book Animals of New Zealand.