Helena Brooks

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Helena Brooks is a director for film and television.

Helena was voted one of Idealog’s Most Creative People in 2017 for her work in television.

Brooks 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 went on to study at masterclasses at the British Film Institute with Ridley Scott, Charlie Kaufman and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, which led to her being signed by Ridley Scott Associates, where she directed 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 short as a writer-director, NOTHING SPECIAL, released in 2005, 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.

In 2018 Brooks was lead director for Psychological Thriller Mini-Series THE BAD SEED. Prior to this she directed the 2017 telefeature THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, as well as television drama 800 WORDS and Sketch-Show FUNNY GIRLS. She has also directed high-end television commercials for more than 10 years.

Brooks was granted NZ Film Commission funding to write a feature film and two of her feature scripts have made the finals for two years in a row at the highly competitive Sundance Screenwriters Lab.