Filmmakers drift through a life awash with half-formed fragments of story, brushing against our skin like driftwood. Most we can never tell, or just never will. If we let ourselves fall in love with all of them the constant awareness of loss would be overwhelming. So we try to turn our backs, try to forget them, try to move on.
Helen wouldn’t go away. Something about her way in the world stubbornly fascinated me, for years.
She was always real, usually happy, embarrassingly generous.
With the Right somehow grown extraordinarily good at harnessing animal spirits, the Left lost often in a dusty dry intellectualism, Helen’s extremely wide-ranging interest in the world’s social power, justice and politics always felt entirely alive when she talked about it. The people were real, the pain was now, the urgency cried out with a human voice. It wasn’t abstract – she knew them.
I’ve never met anyone with such disconcerting, quiet certainty in the two feet she stood on. With complete solidity, in kindness, without aggression, she was always just 100% simply herself. Imagine fighting someone like that?
And then suddenly, unbelievably, she was dying. She had very little time, and I had no more excuses.
“Helen Kelly – Together” is the story of Helen’s last year of activism in a New Zealand she had hard-earned doubts about. Its warm, intimate, and deeply troubling. I think it will leave you feeling engaged, energised and inspired to carry on her fight.
We need your help to tell Helen’s story to New Zealanders in places and to communities who will otherwise not be reached. Please host a screening during the first two weeks of February, get your people there, and ask them to spread the word wider.
~ Tony Sutorius: Director, Helen Kelly – Together
You can sign up to host a screening in your local cinema (including fundraiser screenings) by clicking here,