Jack Nicol

No.1 Stand

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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 possible documentary.

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.


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!


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 Zealand.

Miss Conception Films - Georgina Allison Conder

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.


  • SHE SHEARS is finally in cinemas!


    Hi everyone,

    You were good enough to donate to our Boosted Campaign last year - to help get our film made. It's called SHE SHEARS, and it's in cinemas now!

    You can watch a trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7up4oOGCG4

    And we're getting fantastic reviews!

    Flicks.co.nz gave us FOUR STARS!


    And Stuff.co.nz also gave us FOUR STARS!


    Please support us a little further and head along to a screening this weekend... take your parents, your mates, your work mates. Take anyone who likes great, crowd pleasing, life affirming movies.

    You're all legends for supporting us and we want to thank you by showing you what we've worked so hard to make!


    Jack, Georgina, Ainsley and the rest of the SHE SHEARS team.

    P.S. the film was called NO.1 STAND but we decided to change the title to something a little punchier!

    SHE SHEARS is finally in cinemas!


    Hey everyone,

    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


    Hey everyone,

    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



    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!

    Aroha Nui,

    Jack and Georgina.

  • $4000!


    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!