NO.1 STAND is an intimate study of women in a unique workplace:
the shearing shed. Shearing sports are the competitive version of
these women's professional lives, and these women are proving that
the girls are as good, if not better, than the boys.
Our documentary studies what drives these women to sacrifice so
much personally and professionally to follow their dream - to win
The Golden Shears. There is no women's competition - the women
compete with the men.
We follow several characters as they chase sporting glory, and
delve deeper into New Zealand's most unconventional national sport.
NO.1 STAND is about underdogs triumphing over adversity… a hopeful
film that shows these women are achieving incredible things in a
traditionally male dominated world.
We started working on NO.1 STAND in 2014, and have since learnt
about shearing sports and the incredible work the industry does.
This research was tremendously important to make an as accurate as
Artistically, the goal for the film is to show shearing sports
and the shearing industry as something to be admired. No film has
ever shown these people for the legends they are, and we're keen to
show EVERYONE involved in the industry - MALE and FEMALE - as
people to be admired.
This approach requires a lot of patience and stamina. It also
requires money - to pay for petrol, accommodation and gear - so we
can continue to tell the story of these world class athletes.
Through 2016, with the generous support of the New Zealand Film
Commission, we have shot with the 'characters' from the movie:
learning about their world, interviewing them, their family and
their wider support network.
Our goal is to cover the 2017 Golden Shears from our characters
perspective. This means funding two shooting crews over the three
competition days in early March.
Our eager and experienced crew are fully behind this project -
making a cool, grass roots documentary excites them and means that
they're making it for love! We want to keep them happy, which means
we need to pay for their accommodation, food and petrol, to keep
them focussed on doing us all proud.
We want to invite you to help fund this project - become part of
the journey to making a unique, world class documentary.
HOW WE USE YOUR DONATION:
Your need your donation to make this movie happen! Your money
will help us make this film look and sound amazing! Our $10,000
goal is just the bare minimum we need - when we hit that target, we
hope you'll continue to donate: every bit helps!
HOW YOU CAN SEE THE DOCUMENTARY:
We plan to complete the film in 2017, for a 2018 film festival
release after premiering at The Golden Shears 2018. It's important
for us to make sure the film travels to every corner of New Zealand
so you will easily get to see the finished film.
Jack Nicol - Director
Jack is a documentary filmmaker based in New Zealand. He's
produced some cool stuff, including this:
Originally from a factual TV background, Jack's had experience
working on big movies (like "The Hobbit"), little movies (like TVNZ
telly movies), ads, music videos and everything in between.
NO.1 STAND has come from his lifelong obsession with rural New
Miss Conception Films - Georgina Allison
This project is being sheparded through production in the safe
hands of Georgina Allison Conder, an experienced New Zealand film
producer, and now avid sheep shearing enthusiast.
7 MONTHS AGO
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for your support during our campaign. We made $12,337.00 from Boosted, but the great news is that all your support meant that the rural business community heard about us, and donated even more: A huge thank you to Philip Morrison and the Golden Shears team, Trust House, Farmlands, and Rural Women NZ for supporting the project.
And of course, to all the individuals, families, friends, and collegues who donated: Thank you! We're stoked!
And finally, a huge thank you to Joe Hitchcock, Anna Jackson and the wider Boosted team (and the Arts Foundation!), you're doing amazing work!
We can't wait to show you all the finished product!
Jack and Georgina
STRETCH GOAL TO $15,000
7 MONTHS AGO
As we mentioned during our (successful!) campaign, we wanted to raise $10,000, as it was the bare minimum we needed to get back to the Golden Shears to continue shooting. It's awesome we've made it this far - but anything else beyond $10,000 is a huge bonus.
The nature of filming a documentary like this is that more footage is always better, as it means that little nugget of gold is more likely to pop up. We want to find those moments of gold by having more shoot days.
We hope you'll support us in our quest to make it to $15,000 - as we reckon we'll be able to follow our 'characters' for a little longer, and really round out their stories.
Please spread the word, and thanks again for donating!
Jack and Georgina
WE MADE IT! THANK YOU!!
7 MONTHS AGO
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated! It's been a wild ride and it's tremendously satisfying to hit our target and be 'Boosted' so quickly.
With the pressure off a bit we can take off our 'financing hat' and put on our 'let's make a documentary' hat!
BUT we're not done yet, we want to keep the momentum going and continue to raise money to make sure we can afford as many shooting days as possible. Please do continue to support us by liking and sharing our facebook posts, let's get the word out this is going to be the greatest shearing documentary the world has ever seen!
Jack and Georgina.
8 MONTHS AGO
THANK YOU! Especially to all those in the shearing community for donating - we're getting there! Please continue to spread the word - every bit helps!