Alex Helfrecht (Writer/Director)
Alex is UK-born writer/director who specialises in adaptation and works across mediums. Born in Oxford and raised in France and the Caribbean, she read English at UCL and then trained as a theatre professional at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Latest Work includes political satire Nyet! A Brexit UK Border Farce (2019) starring Olivia Williams, Beatie Edney and Garry Montaine, which was made as a response to Brexit and sold to Sky Arts, premiering on 17th March.
Her first feature The White King (2016) feature film, starring Jonathan Pryce, Greta Scacchi, Agyness Deyn, Fiona Shaw & Lorenzo Allchurch premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival, where it was
nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film. It was nominated for awards at: Tallinn Black Nights, Festival de Sevilla, Nashville Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Cleveland International film festival, Future Gate, Pula International film festival and Fantasporto. THE WHITE KING was long-listed for two BIFAs and sold to numerous territories including USA, UK, Hungary, Poland, Benelux and China.
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 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).
Her 35mm short BATTLE FOR BRITAIN (2011) starred Julian Glover and is distributed by Shorts International. Festivals included: Krakow International Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Long Beach International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival. Little White Lies described the film as "Superb...illuminating, poignant, warmly acted...leaves a lasting impression”.