Author(s): Claudia Pond Eyley
New Zealand's first elected woman prime minister; nine years in power through the foreshore and seabed, Afghanistan and Iraq, Corngate and Paintergate; head of the UN Development Program and ranked among the most powerful women in the world. Helen Clark's public life is well known. But what about the inside stories? During 2012-2013, documentary-makers Claudia Pond Eyley and Dan Salmon interviewed a host of participants about the life of Helen Clark: from her father George Clark to friend Cath Tizard, Richard Prebble to Jim Anderton, Winston Peters to Don Brash, Jacinda Ardern to John Key, Helen Clark and her contemporaries bring to life the tumultuous life and times of one of our most important political leaders. Through the words of the players themselves, sometimes raw, sometimes angry, we find ourselves taken inside the major political developments of the last fifty years. This is a frank, revealing account of Helen Clark and her world.
Claudia Pond Eyley is a visual artist and film maker. She studied at Elam and has lectured at the University of Auckland. Dan Salmon is a multi-award-winning director and producer of documentary and drama. His documentaries have screened on TVNZ, ABC, Al Jazeera and EBS in Korea, and at international festivals.