|Written by Steven Young|
|Thursday, 16 August 2007|
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A graduate of Victoria University of Wellington with a BA Honours (First Class) in Sociology, Helene worked in the Public Service for nine years, including a period 1978-80 in the Prime Minister's Department as social policy adviser to Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon.
In 1981 she travelled to the United States where she studied and practised theatre in Boston and San Francisco.
On returning to Wellington, she became involved in both the practice and administration of the dramatic arts, working as an actor and theatre director before moving into film and television in the mid-80s.
After two years as Development Consultant with the NZ Film Commission she became a freelance script consultant, working on a variety of television dramas and short and feature-length films, including Leon Narbey's Illustrious Energy. She also worked as Programme Manager for Television for New Zealand on Air.
Helene has written and directed documentary for television, including Footprints of the Dragon, about Chinese in New Zealand, for the series An Immigrant Nation. That particular episode was among the 10 top-rating documentaries of 1995.
She has taught at industry seminars and tertiary institutions on scriptwriting, film criticism, and cultural identity and the media. She has been a judge for numerous awards as well as serving on the jury of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Auckland in 1996, and is a member of various industry organisations.
She is currently a member of the Board of the New Zealand Film Commission, and was a former Chairperson of the Board of the Moving Image Centre.
Helene is now a full-time writer. She has been a film critic for the NZ Listener since 1996 and is writing feature film screenplays, a book on New Zealand Chinese cultural identity, freelance articles and book reviews.
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