Gaylene Preston's documentary follows a year in the life of trail-blazing politician Helen Clark. During filming the ex New Zealand PM was head of the United Nations Development Programme, and bidding to become the UN’s first female Secretary-General. Preston was keen to capture the empowering character of the woman ranked by Forbes magazine among the 25 most powerful in the world. "Helen is a formidable woman and leader, and I’m honoured she’s given my team access to tell this story." The documentary is set to screen at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival.
I sometimes say, no one will put a red carpet out for any of us … did anyone ever say to me ‘Helen, please come forward and run for Parliament and strive to be a minister or Prime Minister?’ No. No red carpet was ever rolled out: you gotta knock those doors down.– Helen Clark
World Premiere on 10 June 2017 at Sydney's State Theatre, as part of the Sydney Film Festival
New Zealand premiere on 23 July 2017 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, as part of the NZ International Film Festival