She Shears

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She Shears

A heartland film with a lot of heart

Year: 2018

Duration: 89 minutes

Genre: Documentary

Classification: Exempt from Classification

Writer: JACK NICOL

Producer: GEORGINA CONDER and AINSLEY GARDNER

Director: JACK NICOL

Sheep shearing has traditionally been a male dominated industry. In the 1980’s there were over 15,000 fulltime sheep shearers in New Zealand, only 5 of those where female. She Shears follows four female shearers in the buildup to the Golden Shears, the world’s most prestigious shearing competition. For these women, competing requires enormous tenacity and much back-breaking work. Driven by passion and a competitive spirit they strive to take their beloved occupation to the next level. To win the Golden Shears is every shearer’s dream. But for our characters, it’s more of a chance to demonstrate their skills and determination. As the competition draws near, the women must contend with exhaustion, injury and self-doubt - and family obligations are an ever-present demand. Win or lose, heartbreak or joy, what persists is their passion for what they love to do most - shearing.