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No Ordinary Sheila to have a nationwide release in October

Press Release – Rialto Distribution
Hugh Macdonald’s fascinating and inspiring NZ documentary No Ordinary Sheila is to be released by Rialto Distribution in cinemas across the country on October 19 (Labour weekend).

The film retraces the long life of Wellington writer and illustrator Sheila Natusch who was dedicated to sharing her understanding and love of New Zealand’s nature and history.

No Ordinary Sheila premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Sheila was amongst the audience to see the film on the big screen at its second screening on Tuesday last week, but sadly she died two days later on Thursday, aged 91.

Director, Hugh Macdonald comments “I was delighted that Sheila was able to see the film at a sold-out festival screening in Wellington on August 8 – just two days before she died. She said that we had ‘done her proud’.”

The film had its third and final festival screening tonight to more than 500 people in the Embassy Theatre, one of the festival films which was repeated by public demand.

The NZIFF team say “We’re saddened to hear that Sheila Natusch has passed away… Our hearts are warmed knowing that Sheila was able to view the film about her life, No Ordinary Sheila, with a packed auditorium in the 100 year old Paramount cinema in Wellington on Tuesday afternoon. Hugh’s lovingly-made film tells the story of her life; a radiant, defiant and unconventional life story. What a lady. Rest in peace dear Sheila.”

No Ordinary Sheila tells the inspirational life story of Sheila Natusch. Sheila was a nonagenarian natural historian, illustrator and writer. This beautiful, truly Antipodean journey, made with love by her cousin and long-time Kiwi filmmaker, Hugh Macdonald (This is New Zealand) features 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.

Viewers will love this radiant, defiant and unconventional life story which ranges from the southern wilds to the rugged Wellington coastline, where Sheila lived in Owhiro Bay until very recently, without car, TV, lipstick or alcohol, planning to “get the last bit of fun out of life that there is.”

Rialto Distribution CEO Kelly Rogers comments “we are thrilled to present No Ordinary Sheila, a truly inspiring NZ story. This film is sure to captivate everyone who loved Gardening with Soul, Hip Hop-eration or Young @ Heart.”

View the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEU41PuWXOA

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