A pioneering advocate for diverse representation in storytelling, Helen’s internationally bestselling screenwriting guide, The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters, first published in 2010, has played – and continues to play – a key role in championing progressive representation of women in the industry: on the page, at the keyboard and behind the camera.
Helen’s work, through her innovative masterclasses, panel events, keynotes and story consultancy, has empowered thousands of writers all over the world to write the stories they want to write. By invitation from federal screen agencies, she has worked with high level writers, directors and producers as a trainer, story mentor and script editor. Her books are core text books on numerous filmmaking and screenwriting academic and professional courses all over the world, often cited, and triggering creative and critical research.
Helen frequently judges international writing competitions, including Best Short Script Prize, Woman Over Fifty Film Festival. As a writer, Helen has developed numerous projects with international producers and brands, spanning feature film, television, radio drama, and luxury brand campaigns.
In 2018 Helen founded Shedunnit Productions through which she develops and produces her own multi-platform projects. She is the creator of Elvira Slate Investigations, the first intersectional feminist fiction series that subverts and revises 1940s crime. Helen has been interviewed widely on the subject of feminism, crime and noir, and give many public talks on the subject.
Helen gained her MA Screenwriting from the London Institute and PhD from the University of the Arts London. She is a member of Women in Film and TV UK , The Crime Writers Association and the Writer’s Guild GB.
Helen lives in St Leonards on Sea, UK, with her husband and two cats.
Organisations Helen has worked with include:
- Screen Australia
- Austrian Film Institute
- Screenwriters Forum, Vienna
- Film Victoria
- Screen New South Wales
- Norwegian Film Institute
- The BFI
- Women in Film and TV UK
- Women in Film