Helen Leake was born and bred in Adelaide and uses South Australian people and places as much as possible in her work as a film producer. In fact, through her films she’s helped to bring over $100 million in economic benefit to South Australia.
Helen wasn’t planning on the film industry for a career when she finished school and started studying pharmacy. Even then, pharmacy was dropped for computer programming and back in the 70’s it was very rare to find women in computer programming!
It was Helen’s love of film which led her into script writing and editing and then onto producing her first telemovie in 1994 for the American Broadcasting Company.
The mix of art and science has helped Helen run her own business and produce some of South Australia’s most successful films, notably Wolf Creek 2, Swerve, Black and White and Heaven’s Burning (the latter three films were directed by another South Australian, Craig Lahiff).
Helen has also served the industry as the CEO of SA Film Corporation from 2004 – 2007, Chair of the Board for the Australian International Documentary Conference from 2007 – 2013 and a Commissioner on the Australian Film Commission (now merged with Screen Australia).