Helen’s War


Filmmaker: Anna Broinowski (released 2004, running time 52 min)

Dr. Helen Caldicott, firebrand anti-nuclear campaigner, celebrated author and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is too alarmed to retire.

Certain that the White House’s War on Terror is escalating the global nuclear arms race, she embarks on an explosive crusade across post 9/11 USA, armed with her fifth book, The New Nuclear Danger, and a furious determination to rally the American people against Star Wars and the new nuclear weapons labs before it is too late.

Tagging along is Caldicott’s jaded niece, filmmaker Anna Broinowski, a post-punk fatalist who believes that nukes are inevitable – and wonders whether a straight talking dissident like Helen really can make a difference in George W. Bush’s ‘Land of The Free’.

Set against the volatile backdrop of the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, Helen’s War tracks Caldicott’s roller-coaster tour as she vies with spin-savvy neo-conservatives for airtime, courts celebrity backers for her DC think-tank and battles to stop the bombing of Baghdad. We discover the vulnerable, humorous, passionate woman behind the crusade … and what it really costs to fight for Peace (description from Ronin Films).

Winner of Best Direction (Documentary) at the 2004 Australian Film Institute Awards.

Winner of Best Documentary (Dendy Award) at the 2004 Sydney Film Festival.