After graduating from Liverpool Medical School in 1991, Helena specialised in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine and worked at St George’s Hospital London until 2000 when she moved to New York.
In 1998, Helena produced, directed and wrote her first short film, Flower Bedding, which screened at the Raindance and Claremont-Ferrand film festivals before being sold to in-movies.uk and parallel TV. Helena gained her Masters of Fine Arts at the Tisch School of the Arts graduate film program at New York University. NYU Alumni include Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Ang Lee and Oliver Stone. Spike Lee became Helena’s mentor and directing teacher during her final year at NYU in 2003/4.
Whilst in the film program she directed the short documentary Sofer and she wrote and directed the short films Virtually Reading, I’m Thursdays and No Verbal Response. I’m Thursdays and No Verbal Response became Wasserman award winning films, screening at festivals worldwide as well as New York and the Directors Guild of America. No Verbal Response staring Lena Heady was sold to Sky TV and is available on Itunes.
Helena returned to London in 2006. Since then she formed Invasive Films Limited. Invasive Films creates medical and corporate films that aim to communicate with people to explain, educate and inform. Invasive Films is committed to collaborate with filmmakers producing narrative and documentary films.