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

Her first narrative short film KEEPSAKE premiered in 2018 at BAFTA-recognised Underwire Film Festival, where it was nominated for a Screenwriting Award. Her micro-budget debut documentary feature CHASING PERFECT (2019), produced by BAFTA-nominated Salon Pictures and distributed by Lionsgate, was released in both the UK and US to a positive reception, and was picked up by Netflix.


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 acquired by Netflix, where it became one of the Top 10 most watched films on the platform.


Helena's third feature documentary, Amazon Original LIONESS, 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. Helena is now developing a narrative feature film based on Nicola Adams' life, with Lionsgate and Salon Pictures.

Helena wrote, directed and produced a short dark comedy DEATH AND DOG WALKING, which premiered at BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Film Festival. She has just directed a short horror film BLOOD RITES for the BBC, which has shown at numerous prestigious genre film festivals around the world including Fantastic Fest and Fright Fest, has shown at BAFTA-recognised Norwich Film Festival and Underwire, and was nominated for the Méliès d'argent. 


She is now in development on her first feature narrative film, is in production on a feature documentary with Sky, and is developing other narrative feature ideas.

Photo by Elena Cremona

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