Sheila Natusch was no ordinary

writer, illustrator, historian, naturalist, sailor, cyclist, mountain woman


She was also a strong character, with a warm and witty personality, who made 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.


See the trailer

Hugh Macdonald's feature documentary No Ordinary Sheila was first released in the New Zealand International Film Festival 2017 and was one of the most popular films in the Festival. It went on  to cinema release from October 2018 to enthusiastic reviews and large audiences throughout New Zealand.


Go to the No Ordinary Sheila website for information on


  •         who (else) is in the film
  •         how the film was made
  •         the music in the film
  •         credits for the film


“It's a gorgeous film about an astonishing woman. Just loved it!" Beck Eleven


See the review in the NZ Herald.


Buy the DVD


Hear the No Ordinary Sheila song


See the Andrew London Trio in the recording