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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 premiered at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July 2013. 

Technical Info: 
Ratio 16:9
Duration: 
96min
Production Year: 
2013
Production Company: 
POP Film Ltd; Visual Feast
Festival/Awards: 
New Zealand International Film Festival

Key Roles

Director
Producer

Key Cast

Key Crew

Editor
Annie Collins
Cinematography
Ari Wegner
Cinematography
Gareth Moon
Cinematography
Hamish Waterhouse
Sound Design
John Mckay
Composer
David Long