Trudy Hellier: Writer
After working extensively as an actor, Trudy won an AFI for her first short film script Break and Enter and began developing feature scripts. In 2012 Trudy won a narrative comedy AWGIE for her fourth episode of Lowdown (ABC TV, co-written with Amanda Brotchie and Adam Zwar) and received an AACTA nomination for the same work. Her most recent work, webseries Little Acorns, written, directed and Co-created with Maria Theodorakis (funded through the Screen Australia) was released late last year and has received nominations for best Writing at the Melbourne and LA webfests among numerous other nominations. Trudy and Maria were supported through the Gender Matters initiative with a new project, comedy series, Caravan of Love. Trudy won the RE Ross Trust Award for her play Waking Up Dead, produced in a sellout season at Fortyfivedownstairs, was nominated for a Greenroom Award for writing and toured with Regional Arts Vic. Her play Trapped, recorded for Radio National, was funded through Screen Australia, premiered opening night at St Kilda IFF, won the audience award and travelled to Palm Springs, Edinborough and Odense. Her most recent short, Foul Play screened at Clermont Ferrand among others. Her feature Barking Love an Irish/Australian co-production with Optimism Films and Grand Pictures, recently received support from both the Irish film board and Screen Australia. Trudy has worked extensively as an actor, including regular roles in series such as Frontline, Round the Twist, the ABC’s Letters From a War, Sunshine and Fred Schepsi’s feature Eye of the Storm.
Trudy Hellier: Writer/Director/Producer
CARAVAN OF LOVE
Webseries/ Co-Producer / Director (With Maria Theodorakis)/ Screen Australia 2017
In development funded through Screen Australia Gender Matters initiative.
9 part web series/ Co- Writer/Director (With Maria Theodorakis)/ 2016
Funded through Screen Australia. Multi Platform fund
Nominated for best writing LA Webfest
Television series in development/ Writer/creator (with Maria Theodoralis) 2016
Optioned by Matchbox Pictures.
Television series in development/ Writer/creator 2015
Optioned by Werner Films as part of the StoryLab initiative.
Feature film screenplay/ Writer/Assoc Pro, 2016
Australian Producers Optimism Films. Irish Co-Producer – Grand films. (Michael Garland.)
Developed through film Victoria, Final stage development co-funded through Screen Australia and Irish Film Board.
WAKING UP DEAD
Theatre/ 45 Downstairs 2014
Green Room Nomination Best Writing
Region Arts Victoria funded tour 2016.
LOWDOWN Series 1 & 2
TV Series / Writer Hirewire Films / ABC. 2010-11
ACCTA Nomination Best TV screenplay, Winner AWG Award best scripted comedy
Short Film/ Writer/ Director 2008
Selected for: Clermont Ferrand International, Trop Fest short list, St Kilda Film Fest 2008, 2009 Encore screening St Kilda film fest comedy, Fall Creek FF
Theatre/ Co-Writer (with Elise McCredie) 2004
Developed through MTC, development funding from Australia Council 2004, premiered off Broadway NY
Theatre/ Writer/Director/ 2003
Greenroom Award nomination. Adelaide Festival.
Feature film screenplay/Writer 2002
Developed through Screen Australia, Optioned by Melanie Coombs
BREAK AND ENTER
Short Film/Writer/Assoc producer/1999
Funded by Film Victoria
Winner of 2 A.F.I. awards for Best Short Film Script and Best Director
Australian Critics Circle Best Film, Special Commendation Aspen Film Festival (Aspen Film Festival best of DVD).
Selected: Palm Springs
Writer/Director. 23 minute Long Form Short Film 1999
Funded by Screen Australia
Audience award St Kilda Film Festival
Selected: Palm Springs International, Edinburgh, Odense film festivasl
1994 – Batchelor of Arts, Theatre – Western Sydney University.
2000 – Diploma Screen writing RMIT
2014 – Masters of Performance writing Melbourne University (VCA)
Work History Performer
1994 – present with over 40 film, television and theatre Credits including: Regular roles in: Around The Twist, Frontline, Love Letters From a War, Mrs Biggs. The Death and Life of Otto Bloom. Sunshine.