Gardening with Soul

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Gardening with Soul is a feature length documentary following a year in the garden with 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin.

Sister Loyola's optimism is infectious and is fed every day by her love of gardening.  Themes of faith, aging and compassion sit alongside the practicalities of community life, issues within the Catholic Church and the importance of good compost in this intimate, funny and moving portrait of a woman approaching the end of her life.

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    96 min


Filmed almost entirely on location in Island Bay, Wellington, Gardening with Soul follows Sister Loyola Galvin, the main gardener for the House of Compassion.

Filmmaker Jess Feast (Cowboys and Communists) has been following Sister Loyola over the last year, charting her journey through the seasons which included her 90th birthday.  Through her garden, we begin to understand Loyola’s commitment to nurture all living things, especially those which ‘don’t get a good start’.  From her early work as a nurse, to her role as a nun raising children with disabilities, we see Loyola’s incredible energy and faith in her God carry her through the difficult times.

Gardening with Soul premieres at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July 2013.  Session times for Auckland and Wellington are listed below. 

Saturday 27 July - 2.45pm, Embassy, Wellington
Tuesday 30 July - 1.15pm, Embassy, Wellington
Thursday 1 Aug - 6.00pm, Embassy, Wellington
Friday 2 Aug - 6.00pm, Lido, Auckland
Saturday 3 Aug - 3.00pm, Civic, Auckland
Thursday 8 Aug - 11.15am, Penthouse, Wellington
Saturday 10 Aug - 12.00pm, Penthouse, Wellington

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Ratio 16:9
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POP Film Ltd; Visual Feast
New Zealand International Film Festival

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