A photograph of Alex Helfrecht

Alex Helfrecht (Writer/Director)

Alex is UK-born director who specialises in adaptation and works across mediums. Born in Oxford, she read English at UCL and then trained as a theatre professional at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Alex has directed and produced a number of short documentaries, narrative shorts and commercials.

Select theatre directing credits include 2+2+2 featuring Richard E. Grant at the Kings Head Theatre, 1800 ACRES starring Cathy Tyson at Riverside Studios, and most recently, her West End adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's first novel FIESTA: THE SUN ALSO RISES at Trafalgar Studios to great commercial and critical success. The press called it "raw, intense, cutting edge" (★★★★ Sunday Telegraph), “imaginative and steamy” (Sunday Times).

In 2010 Alex directed the critically acclaimed 35mm short film Battle for Britain starring Julian Glover which toured a large number international festivals and is distributed by Shorts International: “A superb short film...illuminating, poignant, warmly acted...leaves a lasting impression" (Little White Lies).

She adapted György Dragomán’s acclaimed novel THE WHITE KING for the screen and co-directed it with her long time creative partner, Jörg Tittel. The White King will premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival in June 2016, is nominated for the Michael Powell award as well as Best Performance in a British feature film and will be distributed in the UK by Signature Entertainment.

Alex on the set of The White King with Agyness Deyn and Lorenzo Allchurch
Alex and Jorg on the set of The White King
Alex at Trafalgar Studio 2, the venue for Oiffy's 2013 West End sell-out show, FIESTA.
Alex directing Richard E. Grant in 2+2+2
“1800 Acres”, directed by Alex Helfrecht at Riverside Studios in 2008.
Detail from “1800 Acres” poster, art by Swava Harasymowicz (2008).
Alex on the set of “Battle for Britain” in Oxford, England (2010).