Helena Brooks

Voted one of Idealog's Most Creative People, Brooks directed TV comedy Drunk History: Australia and was set-up director for top-rating TV drama The Bad Seed, reviewed as the best NZ noir since Top of the Lake. She also helmed Telefeature The Brokenwood Mysteries, TV drama 800 Words, Comedy Funny Girls and directs high-end TV commercials.

Her first short film as a writer-director won Best Art Direction at the NY Short Film Festival. Her second, Nothing Special, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, selected for festivals worldwide and sold to Canal Plus, SBS Australia, and the Rialto Channel.

She studied creative writing with the late Roald Dahl, gained a B.A double major in Film & Philosophy, and an M.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 represented by Yellow Creative Management.