Helena Coan


Helena Coan is a British director and writer, who works in both narrative and documentary.

Her first narrative short film KEEPSAKE, starring Olivier Award nominee Patsy Ferran, premiered in 2018 at BAFTA-recognised Underwire Film Festival, where she was nominated for a Screenwriting Award, before going on to play at numerous festivals across the UK, Europe and the US.

In November 2020, Helena's second feature documentary AUDREY, an intimate look at Audrey Hepburn's life, was released to critical acclaim across the world. It was produced by Salon Pictures and distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures. The film got a theatrical release and was also acquired by Netflix, where it became one of the Top 10 most watched films on the platform.

Helena then made Amazon Original LIONESS which tells the story of boxer Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, and the unjust world of women's boxing. It was released in November 2021 in the UK and US to a positive reception, and off the back of this, Helena is now developing a narrative feature film based on Nicola Adams' life, with Lionsgate and Salon Pictures.

Helena wrote, directed and produced short dark comedy DEATH AND DOG WALKING, which premiered at BAFTA and BIFA recognised Aesthetica Film Festival. She then directed BLOOD RITES, written by Polly Stenham (THE NEON DEMON) and based on Daisy Johnson’s short story of the same name. The short was produced by BBC Films and Coven Films, and has screened at numerous prestigious genre film festivals around the world including Fantastic Fest and Fright Fest, as well as at BAFTA and BIFA-recognised festivals such as London Short Film Festival, Norwich Film Festival, Manchester Film Festival and Underwire. It was nominated for the Méliès d'argent as part of Slash Film Festival and won the Golden Bee for Best Short Film at Manchester Film Festival. 

Helena is currently in post-production on a feature documentary with GFC Films and Sky and is developing several narrative ideas.



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