Gardening With Soul has just gone into New Zealand cinemas. Jess Feast’s doco about Sister Loyola Galvin is a beautiful story about a nun in her nineties, a member of the remarkable Sisters of Compassion Order, founded by Mother Suzanne Aubert (1835-1926), who work ‘in a spirit of compassion, openness and integrity to meet the needs of the aged, the sick, the oppressed and the powerless in our communities’. Gardening With Soul follows last year's How Far is Heaven, also about the order, directed by Christopher Prior and Miriam Smith. To celebrate Gardening With Soul, I decided to interview its editor, Annie Collins.
Annie’s a legend. She’s worked on every kind of project imaginable: many features (including New Zealand classics from Sleeping Dogs and Goodbye Pork Pie, to Scarfies and Out of the Blue – Best Editing Awards for both as well as for last year’s Two Little Boys – to Lord of the Rings and this year’s Shopping); countless docos (a special love); short films (including Sima Urale’s O Tamaiti, winner of the Golden Lion at Venice), commercials, corporate training videos (including a series on the law which won an ITVA Silver Monitor), trailers and promos. And in the predominantly small-budget New Zealand industry, where roles are often flexible, she’s had to handle music, FX and dialogue, ADR, post-production supervision, lab liaison as well as the picture edit.
|Annie and her Best Editing award for Two Little Boys|