And yet, Jackieland has morphed into a highly curated collection of objects and stories that reveal a very honest and insightful perspective of humanity — and Jackie herself."
Warning: Some readers may find the language in this trailer offensive.
Cooke said in an interview with CBC's Daybreak Kamloops that she has so much junk in her backyard because many people come to her asking if she can take their things and pass them along to someone else.
"I've been helping all the single kids and parents in the neighbourhood since I moved here the last 25 years," she told host Shelley Joyce.
'I swear lots'
"My whole world is my backyard. If you're an artist, you can walk around here and every five or 10 feet it's a different picture, it's a different world."
'Jackieland' tells the real life story of Jackie Cooke, who lives in Westwold, a farming community on Highway 97 between Kamloops and Vernon B.C. (Vimeo)
She said that she met the filmmakers through their children — just some of the many kids who visit the dump and leave with a toy from Cooke, who makes sure to keep aside any good toys she comes across during her work.
Cooke isn't sure what she thinks of the film about her life.
"I swear lots. But that's me. I can behave a little bit when I'm around children, but everybody knows me for my cursing," she said.
"I thought I looked like a wicked old witch. I thought, 'Oh man I'm getting old.' To me it's not a big deal. I didn't expect it to be getting blown out of the water like this. I only did it just for the kids because they wanted to do something for me I guess, and I don't know if it's good for me or not."
Despite the film having screened at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, Cooke insists that she is "no big star."
"I'm a gay woman on a hill with a bunch of animals. I'm just somebody on the hill that's just trying to survive and make other people happy around me."
With files from CBC's Daybreak Kamloops
To hear the full story listen to the audio labelled: Westwold woman featured in film at Cannes