We're Here To Help
In February 1994, Christchurch businessman Dave Henderson walked into the Inland Revenue Department. He was not a happy man. His girlfriend had recently been there to collect a refund Dave’s company was owed. An IRD staff member made some suggestive comments to her. Dave told the IRD officer that if he ever talked to one of his employees like that again he would kick his “fat arse from one end of Cashel Street to the other”. And so began a saga of Kafkaesque and yet comedic proportions.
The idea for We're Here to Help had its genesis when the film's writer and director Jonothan Cullinane watched the Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich and was struck by the resonance of such 'David and Goliath' stories.
Cullinane was interested in finding a similar New Zealand tale and came across Christchurch businessman Dave Henderson. He had written a book called Be Very Afraid about his experiences with the New Zealand tax department, which Cullinane adapted for the film.