Helena Brooks

Writer / Director website

Voted one of Idealog's Most Creative People, Helena directs comedy and drama for TV and commercials.
She was the set-up director for upcoming Psychological Thriller The Bad Seed, directed telefeature The Brokenwood Mysteries, TV drama 800 Words and Sketch-Show Funny Girls, as well as multiple high-end commercials.

Her first short film as a writer-director, Harry & Peter in Love, won Best Art Direction at the New York Short Film Festival. Her second as a writer-director, Nothing Special, was nominated for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, selected for film festivals around the world and sold to Canal Plus, SBS Australia, and the Rialto Channel.

She studied creative writing with the late Roald Dahl, gained a B.A with a double major in Film & Philosophy, and an M.A with a double major in Screenwriting & Directing. She further studied at British Film Institute masterclasses with Ridley Scott, Charlie Kaufman and Jean-Pierre Jeunet which led to being signed by Ridley Scott Associates.

She is now based in Sydney and represented by Yellow Creative Management.



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