My Year With Helen 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
Inside the corridors of global power.
Will the United Nations ever wake up and appoint a female Secretary-General? That’s the question viewers will ask after watching this documentary about the highly impressive, but ultimately unsuccessful, 2016 bid by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark to land the U.N.’s top job. Ace Kiwi filmmaker Gaylene Preston (Home by Christmas) follows the eminently qualified (and wonderfully candid) Clark through the male-dominated inner workings of the U.N. and emerges with an inspiring portrait of a dedicated, no-nonsense woman who won everything except the vote.
Director Gaylene Preston | Producer Gaylene Preston, Catherine Madigan | Editor Paul Sutorius | Composer Jan Preston | Cinematographer Sam Russell, Colin Sonner, Gaylene Preston
Gaylene Preston is one of New Zealand’s most recognised and valued filmmakers, with a screen career spanning four decades and a remarkable list of writer, director and producer credits covering feature films, documentaries and TV drama series. Many of these have become classics of New Zealand cinema, notable for the strength of Preston’s human connections and her deep commitment to telling New Zealand stories.
Preston’s films have been in official selection for most major international film festivals including Venice, Sundance, Toronto, London, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand and have won awards in the USA, Canada, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Russia Australia and New Zealand.