Helen is one of Australia’s most experienced producers.Her producing credits include WOLF CREEK 2, which topped the Australian box office in its opening week and SWERVE featuring Jason Clarke. Both these films were released theatrically in the United States.Other titles include BLACK AND WHITE starring Robert Carlyle and Charles Dance and which was a firm festival favourite as was the cult status film HEAVEN’S BURNING with Russell Crowe.Helen’s films have been invited to over forty prestigious Film Festivals, including Venice, Toronto (twice), London (twice), Sydney (opening film), Melbourne (twice) and Pusan.Helen also contributes to industry organisations, including CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation (2004-07), Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference (2007 -2012), the Australian Film Commission Board (1998-04) and Board member of Ausfilm (2004-07).
After working in the UK for fourteen years across production, sales and financing for organisations such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Pinewood television, Gena relocated to Australia and joined forces with Helen Leake to create dancing road productions. Gena was selected for the inaugural SAFC “Gender Agenda” program and spent six weeks in LA being mentored by one of the most prolific and successful film producers in the US, Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, Dallas Buyers Club, The Butler, Lawless). Gena was also chosen for the Natalie Miller Brilliant Careers mentorship program with Angus Clunies Ross (Head of Sales SONY Australia).