Helen Kelly: Together

Helen Kelly: Together

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Helen Kelly: Together

Documentary portrait of the late Helen Kelly, telling the story of a woman whose advocacy and generosity changed the lives of countless New Zealanders.

"For the last year of her life, filmmaker Tony Sutorius was granted extraordinary access to Kelly: as she underwent hospital treatment, at home, butting heads with the bureaucracy in Wellington, and on the road. On the West Coast she rallies the Pike River families – with whose help Sutorius has secured extraordinary footage from within the mine – who refuse to be palmed off. In Tokoroa, she helps Maryanne Butler-Finlay win justice for her husband, whose death on the job had been written off as accidental. Along the way, Kelly finds herself an accidental flag-bearer for a change in the law around medical cannabis, something which became a palliative necessity as she underwent round after round of battering treatment. Kelly’s lucid, experience-supported argument played a substantial role in leading to next year’s referendum." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2019Rating: Exempt92 minsNew Zealand
DocumentaryFestival & Independent
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Warm & beautiful portrayal

This is a really beautiful telling of Helen’s story, capturing her humour and great love of people in a compelling and vivid way. Whether you knew her, or knew of her - do go and see it.

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Must see

This is a beautiful movie about an iconic New Zealander. Her work, her friends, her purpose and our Wellington. I absolutely loved it.

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A movie about Helen Kelly living

When I sat down to watch this movie, knowing that it was about the last year of Helen Kelly's life, I expected that I would see a movie about her death. But it was not at all like that! It was a move about her living, right up until her hospice bed ... from which she was still organising people to rally and protest! I was very impressed with Tony...

5.0
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This film reflects the raw good and bad of Kiwi life today in such a powerful way it must be kept as a window into this generation for all to see. Moving, honest and confronting.

4.0
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An insightful watch

I've never written a review before. So forgive me if it's not as eloquent as others. I'd seen Helen Kelly on the news a few times. I'm a ex union rep, so had a natural interest in her. Was lucky enough to meet her in person once, but it left me wishing I could have more time in her company. She was warm and caring and straight up, I liked her. This is a...

5.0
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Tony Sutorius might not have made the definitive biopic of Kelly, but he and his team have made a fascinating, illuminating and often humbling record of a life being superbly lived. Very recommended.

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A fascinating, illuminating and often humbling record of a life being superbly lived. Very recommended.

4.0
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Stuff

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press

Tony Sutorius might not have made the definitive biopic of Kelly, but he and his team have made a fascinating, illuminating and often humbling record of a life being superbly lived. Very recommended.

4.0
1
Stuff

Stuff

press

A fascinating, illuminating and often humbling record of a life being superbly lived. Very recommended.

4.0
1

Warm & beautiful portrayal

This is a really beautiful telling of Helen’s story, capturing her humour and great love of people in a compelling and vivid way. Whether you knew her, or knew of her - do go and see it.

5.0
0

Must see

This is a beautiful movie about an iconic New Zealander. Her work, her friends, her purpose and our Wellington. I absolutely loved it.

5.0
0

A movie about Helen Kelly living

When I sat down to watch this movie, knowing that it was about the last year of Helen Kelly's life, I expected that I would see a movie about her death. But it was not at all like that! It was a move about her living, right up until her hospice bed ... from which she was still organising people to rally and protest! I was very impressed with Tony...

5.0
2

This film reflects the raw good and bad of Kiwi life today in such a powerful way it must be kept as a window into this generation for all to see. Moving, honest and confronting.

4.0
2

An insightful watch

I've never written a review before. So forgive me if it's not as eloquent as others. I'd seen Helen Kelly on the news a few times. I'm a ex union rep, so had a natural interest in her. Was lucky enough to meet her in person once, but it left me wishing I could have more time in her company. She was warm and caring and straight up, I liked her. This is a...

5.0
1