No Ordinary Sheila


If you haven’t already heard of Sheila Natusch,

prepare to be inspired. The story of this writer,

illustrator, natural historian and outdoors

adventurer is a beautiful journey through a

unique life, made with love by her cousin and

long-time Kiwi filmmaker, Hugh Macdonald

(“This is New Zealand”).


“What a wonderful character she was; she

just lit up the screen. It’s a wonderful tribute

to her and a real ‘feel good/feel proud‘ film.”

John Barnett


“In this mad world the film is like life-

affirming, bottled sunshine.” Barbara C.


Sheila’s unquenchable spirit, feisty wit and

never-give-up attitude are by turns funny, touching and

inspiring. NO ORDINARY SHEILA is a real New Zealand story with universal



Featuring unique historic footage of the lower South Island in the 1930s and 40s, NO

ORDINARY SHEILA offers a fascinating glimpse into Sheila’s life, including her childhood

on rugged Stewart Island and her education at Otago University, where she became

friends with Janet Frame. From there she moved to Wellington for work at the National

Library and Correspondence School, and finally found her true vocation as a professional

writer and illustrator with her ground-breaking history and natural history books, including

“Animals of New Zealand”.


Running time:  98 minutes plus approximately 50 minutes of extras.

New Zealand customers only:


If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please make it out to
Hugh Macdonald Productions

and post it to

Box 14-375,

Wellington 6241


If you prefer to pay by bank direct transfer, please let us know your postal address and number of DVDs required on the contact form here and we will send you our bank details

Price $29.95 NZD

plus $5 shipping in NZ

$15 shipping international


We have two types of DVD available, the PAL system is used in the UK, NZ and Australia. NTSC is used in the USA.