A fresh production from the heartland introduces two legendary shearers – and three in the making – as they head for black-shirt glory at the Golden Shears.
Director Jack Nicol applies camera poetry to the agility, strength, skill and rhythmic grace of women wielding blades of steel.
A stunning slice of rural life and the gutsy women who share a passion for shearing.
In the gruelling world of competitive sheep shearing there is no women’s section. Women and men compete together. She Shears is the story of passion, purpose and determination and five women for whom shearing is not just a job.
This is a well done documentary. Very inspiring. The film has kind of an awe shucks mentality to it. I especially enjoyed the musings of Hazel. And I am so glad she got her truck! Just listening to her philosophize about farming and sheep and setting goals. Very approachable person. But all the women were great. And they all had a history that you did not immediately see just by looking at them. They didn’t make a big deal about it, they just got on with the job.
And I learned a bit about the job of a wool handler. Could be something fun to do, for like a morning!
NZ 2018, 79 min
Directed by Jack Nicol