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 it's 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.
The DVD features both the film in all its glory, and also over 50 minutes of extra materials where Sister Loyola shares more gardening tips, and offers some charming spiritual nourishment as well.
1 x DVD
Run Time: 100 min + extras
Director: Jess Feast
“★★★★ Sister Loyola is an extraordinary character with quite the life story (and world views) to share... a sharp, endearing and insightful raconteur.”
- Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun
“What a film!... I’ve never seen anything so warm-hearted or inspiring in my life... You will not have a better time at the cinema this year.”
- Graeme Tuckett, Radio NZ National
“A superbly understated film that packs an enormous emotional punch... it’s difficult not to be touched by Sister Loyola’s infectious enthusiasm.”
- Catherine Brown, Film Ink Magazine