Sept 1st. Thanks to all those who came and supported our event. We had a full house and a fabulous movie. Aunty Helen was robbed of the role as UN Secretary General and was clearly the best person for the job.
Helen White our special guest gave a wonderful speech about her time on Helen Clark's electorate committee. Thank you so much.
Thanks also to the kind folk at Waiheke Community Art Gallery (don't miss the Artists in Resident exhibition) and Waiheke Community Cinema (don't miss "My Year With Helen" which is playing now).
Thanks to your kind support we raised over $2000 from this event towards the deposit on our first house. We are well on the way!
Finally the film's director Gaylene Preston sent the following message:
"Great greetings to the great people of the great Island of Waiheke!
I am sorry that my duties have me scheduled elsewhere tonight and hope your charity is now replenished to some extent.
Making My Year With Helen was a very challenging film to make, but most rewarding in the long run. Working at the United Nations in the media stake outs was restricting but sometimes funny as you will see in the film. I always wore my leather jacket and a hat, sometimes I wore leopard print trousers, just so that permanent staff would remember me. They'd see us coming and say - "Hey - It's the Kiwi Crew!" We were always asking for unusual things and they were often mystified by us, because we were not a news crew, and they weren't used to documentaries.
Please feel free to check out our fb page and website for more about the film.
We are stoked with the reaction so far. I hope you really enjoy it, and that it invigorates you all.
Gaylene Preston. "