In a recently released documentary about five female New Zealand shearers working in a male-dominated industry, Ruawai local, Hazel Wood, found the experience of filming terrifying at times.
The film is named She Shears and introduces two world record holders, Jills Angus Burney and Emily Welch, and three in the making — Hazel Wood, Catherine Mullooly and Pagan Karauria — as they head for black-shirt glory at the Golden Shears in Masterton.
“Being involved in the film has definitely been a great experience. At times it was challenging, having a camera shadowing me, and also a bit terrifying getting out of my comfort zone, but I am glad I got to be a part of this awesome film,” said Hazel.
Hazel currently shears 150 sheep in a day and aspires to double that. “In the past, it’s been seen as a man’s job, so this film has given women the chance to be recognised. If someone was thinking about getting out there and doing it, definitely give it a go.”
“I can’t wait for audiences from all over New Zealand to see the strong, inspirational women featured in our film,” said co-producer Georgina Conder. Described as a ‘heartfelt documentary packed with humour’ — it was released on September 20 at the New Zealand International Film Festival, and nationwide audiences have the chance to see it from October 11 — including the Anzac Theatre in Dargaville with screenings at 5.30pm and 8.00pm.