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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MUST SEE: Best Aotearoa NZ Doco in years

I didn’t know much about Helen but now I know she is a great hero who should be celebrated by the whole country. This is a series of amazing stories that made me laugh, made my blood boil, brought several tears to my eyes but left me inspired and with hope. It’s not on for long and If you go, you might have the opportunity to have a discussion with the...

5.0
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Great Story & Story Telling

To sit in an air-conditioned room in a comfy seat and yet somehow, be with Helen Kelly, watching her fight for everyone even from her Hospice bed made me feel both privileged and guilty. The privilege was provided by Tony Sutorius and the Unreal Films team through the skillful, raw, honest and intimate way the story was shared. The guilt came from my own...

5.0
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
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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.

4.0
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press

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

4.0
1
Stuff

Stuff

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

MUST SEE: Best Aotearoa NZ Doco in years

I didn’t know much about Helen but now I know she is a great hero who should be celebrated by the whole country. This is a series of amazing stories that made me laugh, made my blood boil, brought several tears to my eyes but left me inspired and with hope. It’s not on for long and If you go, you might have the opportunity to have a discussion with the...

5.0
0

Great Story & Story Telling

To sit in an air-conditioned room in a comfy seat and yet somehow, be with Helen Kelly, watching her fight for everyone even from her Hospice bed made me feel both privileged and guilty. The privilege was provided by Tony Sutorius and the Unreal Films team through the skillful, raw, honest and intimate way the story was shared. The guilt came from my own...

5.0
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