No Ordinary Sheila

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Thursday, 14 June, 1:30pm

So far, almost all previous sessions have been sold out!!!

If you haven’t already heard of Sheila Natusch, prepare to be inspired. The life story of this nonagenarian natural historian, illustrator and writer is a beautiful, truly Antipodean journey, made with love by her cousin and long-time Kiwi filmmaker, Hugh Macdonald.


You just get on with it. You can’t go under. There are such people, but I am not one of them.
Sheila Natusch

Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and unconventional life story.

Sheila Natusch is no ordinary writer, illustrator, historian, naturalist, sailor, cyclist, mountain woman. She’s also a strong character, with a warm and witty personality, who makes light of her many successes and setbacks over a long career of telling New Zealand stories in words and drawings, and getting out in the mountains and on the sea to experience the exhilaration of the ‘wild life’ to the full. No Ordinary Sheila tells her life story, from her upbringing on Stewart Island in the 1930s, her studies at Otago University in the 1940s, her teaching and writing career in Wellington thereafter, and her amazing adventures in the wild places of New Zealand.

No Ordinary Sheila was first released in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2017, and was one of the most popular films screened.

Featuring beautiful historic footage of the lower south in the 30s and 40s, this film offers fascinating glimpses into life as one of few female students at Otago University, and covers Sheila’s friendship with Janet Frame and their subsequent and unsuccessful foray into teaching. Moving to Wellington in the 50s saw Sheila and husband Gilbert Natusch take up residence in Owhiro Bay, while she had professional stints at the National Library and Correspondence School.

NZ 2017, 98 min, rated G
Directed by Hugh MacDonald

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