Helena Brooks

Production Company: Sunday Punch
Website: Website

Voted one of Idealog’s Most Creative People, Brooks was recently lead director for Psychological Thriller Mini-Series The Bad Seed. Prior to that she directed Telefeature The Brokenwood Mysteries, TV drama 800 Words and Sketch-Show Funny Girls, starring this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award winner. Brooks has also directed high-end TV commercials for over 10 years. 

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, 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 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.