We're Here To Help

We're Here To Help

We're Here To Help
Kiwi feature based on the book 'Be Very Afraid'; Dave Henderson's account of his own battles with the ultimate Goliath - the IRD.

One day in 1994, Dave Henderson (Thomson) strolled up to the tax department in Christchurch and told one of the ratty little taxmen off. Earlier that day, the taxman had made suggestive comments to Dave's ladyfriend (Smith). And so the IRD decided to make life difficult for Dave, with endless audits, red tape and legal complexities. Dave fought them though, losing his girlfriend, house & business in the process. Eventually he sought help at government level, with ACT bulldog Rodney Hide (Hurst).
2007Rating: PG, contains course language85 minsNew Zealand
AdaptationDramaTrue Story & Biography
83%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If ever there was a true example of a TV movie, then We’re Here To Help would be it. That’s not a cruel remark or a warning, but rather a justification that the work simply doesn’t have the extensive canvas or cinematic prowess that independent films should have. It’s cheap, simple, and rather modest. Just as well there’s a good story behind it.

3.0

Fight the System

THompson who plays Dave Rafter in packed to the rafters does a good job of playing a man being witchhunted by the Ird and after many many battles and with the help Of Mp Rodney King wins .A very good kiwi film that everybody can relate to

4.0

Thank Goodness Dave Henderson persevered

I watched this good film because I moved to Christchurch in the late 90's and can remember all this happening in the news. But also because I love the guy that portrayed Dave. It showed that those mongrels at the IRD are not trustworthy, are completely incompetent and do their best to destroy hard working, everyday NZ'rs. A true story, well done.

5.0

Perfection? You must be joking...

Catch it on TV.

2.0

Great stuff!

This is an example of what could happen to anyone and it resonated with common sense and very good acting.The production values are good, too. Full marks to the makers and to the actors.

5.0

Great

based on the true David henderson story we learn in this film how the buraucracy can and does address it's attentions in ways that are contrary to their role. And there are often the personalities within that the power of their positions leads to the immoral and unethical. thankfully, there comes along preiodically a Dave Henderson that calls them to...

4.0

the flicks trailers do this film justice

Having now seen the film, my recommendation (based on the flicks trailers) stands. Not your typical production really, perhaps even a bit hammish in parts but then perhaps that reflects the IRD's methods and processes. Thank God Dave Henderson did stand up. His costs are the restof us's gain.

4.0

Based on the Flicks trailers...and factual basis...

this is a movie every NZ businessperson, wannabe businessperson, maybe someday selfemployed should be sure NOT to miss.

4.0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

You could go to We’re Here To Help because it could have happened to anyone, and because it did happen to someone. But you should go to We’re Here To Help because it is a very good movie. And if you need another reason, then consider this irony: tax-payers money went towards funding it. For a hint of egg on face, I’d say that’s the best money we’ll ever spend...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Brisk and entertaining...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This could have been an incredibly dull movie about tax. Instead, it's a tense journey into one man's all too real bureaucratic nightmare...

3.0
Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

flicks

If ever there was a true example of a TV movie, then We’re Here To Help would be it. That’s not a cruel remark or a warning, but rather a justification that the work simply doesn’t have the extensive canvas or cinematic prowess that independent films should have. It’s cheap, simple, and rather modest. Just as well there’s a good story behind it.

3.0
Lumiere Reader

Lumiere Reader

press

You could go to We’re Here To Help because it could have happened to anyone, and because it did happen to someone. But you should go to We’re Here To Help because it is a very good movie. And if you need another reason, then consider this irony: tax-payers money went towards funding it. For a hint of egg on face, I’d say that’s the best money we’ll ever spend...

4.0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Brisk and entertaining...

3.0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

This could have been an incredibly dull movie about tax. Instead, it's a tense journey into one man's all too real bureaucratic nightmare...

3.0

Fight the System

THompson who plays Dave Rafter in packed to the rafters does a good job of playing a man being witchhunted by the Ird and after many many battles and with the help Of Mp Rodney King wins .A very good kiwi film that everybody can relate to

4.0

Thank Goodness Dave Henderson persevered

I watched this good film because I moved to Christchurch in the late 90's and can remember all this happening in the news. But also because I love the guy that portrayed Dave. It showed that those mongrels at the IRD are not trustworthy, are completely incompetent and do their best to destroy hard working, everyday NZ'rs. A true story, well done.

5.0

Perfection? You must be joking...

Catch it on TV.

2.0

Great stuff!

This is an example of what could happen to anyone and it resonated with common sense and very good acting.The production values are good, too. Full marks to the makers and to the actors.

5.0

Great

based on the true David henderson story we learn in this film how the buraucracy can and does address it's attentions in ways that are contrary to their role. And there are often the personalities within that the power of their positions leads to the immoral and unethical. thankfully, there comes along preiodically a Dave Henderson that calls them to...

4.0

the flicks trailers do this film justice

Having now seen the film, my recommendation (based on the flicks trailers) stands. Not your typical production really, perhaps even a bit hammish in parts but then perhaps that reflects the IRD's methods and processes. Thank God Dave Henderson did stand up. His costs are the restof us's gain.

4.0

Based on the Flicks trailers...and factual basis...

this is a movie every NZ businessperson, wannabe businessperson, maybe someday selfemployed should be sure NOT to miss.

4.0