Director Tony Sutorius describes this documentary as "Helen Kelly’s last year fighting injustice, with love". Sutorius (Campaign) filmed the renowned trade unionist as she battled lung cancer and continued advocating. Kelly was a staunch advocate for better safety standards in the Kiwi forestry industry, and sought justice through the courts for families of Pike River mine victims. This trailer shows Kelly's health deteriorating, but not her sense of humour — "shut the door, some of us don't have long to live" — and includes brief but harrowing footage from the Pike River disaster.
I haven't been wearing it much, I've mainly been wearing my bald head.– Helen Kelly describing her beanie
The Public Good
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 13 February 2020
World premiere on 28 July 2019 at Te Papa's Soundings Theatre in Wellington, as part of the 2019 NZ International Film Festival
Song 'Anchor Me' composed by Don McGlashan, and performed by Don McGlashan and The Muttonbirds