Trudy Hellier

Trudy Hellier

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 webseries Little Acorns, written, directed and co-created with Maria Theodorakis (funded through the Screen Australia) was released late 2016 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

Writing & Directing

Co-Producer / Director (with Maria Theodorakis)
In development funded through Screen Australia Gender Matters initiative 2017
LITTLE ACORNS (9-part webseries)
Co-Writer / Director (with Maria Theodorakis)
Funded through Screen Australia. Multi-Platform funding 2016
BLACK EYES (TV series in development)
Writer / creator (with Maria Theodorakis)
Optioned by Matchbox Pictures 2016
Writer / creator
Television series in dev.,
Optioned by Werner Films as part of the StoryLab initiative 2015
BARKING LOVE (Feature film screenplay)
Writer / Associate Producer
Australian Producers Optimism Films.
Developed through film Victoria, Final stage development co-funded through Screen Australia and Irish Film Board 2016
Writer, 45 Downstairs 2014
LOWDOWN (Series 1 & 2)
Writer, Hirewire Films / ABC 2010-11
Writer / Director
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 2008
Co-Writer (with Elise McCredie)
Developed through MTC, development funding from Australia Council, premiered off Broadway NY 2004
Writer / Director, 2003
CAR CITY (Feature film screenplay)
Developed through Screen Australia, Optioned by Melanie Coombs 2002
BREAK AND ENTER (Short film)
Writer / Assoc producer
Funded by Film Victoria 1999
TRAPPED (Long form short film)
Writer / Director
Funded by Screen Australia 1999


1994 – Batchelor of Arts, Theatre – Western Sydney University.
2000 – Diploma Screen writing RMIT
2014 – Masters of Performance writing Melbourne University (VCA)


Awards & Nominations

2015 GREEN ROOM AWARDS Nomination – Best Writing Waking Up Dead
2012 AACTA Nomination –Best Screenplay in Television
“Lowdown series 2 ‘One Fine Gay’
2012 AWGIE Nomination Best Comedy script – Lowdown series 2 ‘ One Fine Gay’
1999 AFI AWARD – Winner, Best Screenplay in a short film – Break and Enter


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.




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