My film is flowering
Just after my last post (Regenerative Gardening – the theory) the film I had been working on as producer, researcher and writer for three years had its premiere in the NZ International Film Festival. Since then there has been almost no time for gardening, or writing about it. When I should have been sowing vege seeds in the glasshouse in August I was touring with the film’s director, Hugh Macdonald, to answer questions after screenings in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. When I should have been sowing seeds and planting plants outdoors in September and October I was doing publicity work ahead of the film’s general release on October 19, and this continued for the first three weeks of general release.
Now I can safely say – my film is flowering! It has been in the top ten films on release in New Zealand for the past three weeks, and we have received many lovely comments about it via the No Ordinary Sheila website, from audience members all over the country. Sadly our star, Sheila Natusch, died during the Film Festival. But she did get to see the film at the cinema, with a full house, two days before she died, and at 91 she obviously felt that this celebration of her amazing life was a great prelude to a peaceful death. I miss her (and her encyclopaedic knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna) very much, and treasure her memory along with the words and images she created – like these lovely native orchids.
Now that things are almost back to normal for me, it’s time to get back to gardening – and thinking about it and writing about it. I am enjoying it all very much, and whenever I see or hear a fantail (Sheila’s favourite bird) I think of her and feel her spirit in the garden.