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Cultural Commission: Helen Wright

Helen Wright is a writer and filmmaker based in Glasgow.

Helen’s short films, ctrl.alt. and Bond, both use sci-fi and surrealism to explore romantic relationships between women.

Bond was nominated for Best Scottish Short at the 2013 Glasgow Short Film Festival. Dusty Does Dallas, a short film Helen directed as part of the Glasgow 48 Hour Film Project, won the competition and screened at the world finals in Los Angeles.

Helen has also created comics and zines around LGBTIQ themes. They co-founded Lock Up Your Daughters, a filmmaking group for LGBTIQ people, and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival (SQIFF).

The Commission

Helen will prdouce and direct a short film, Joey, which they describe as the story of a young lesbian woman with telekenetic powers entering the LGBT 'scene' for the first time.

Speaking about the award Helen commented:

‘Joey's narrative doesn’t shy away from depicting some of the tougher aspects of existing as a young person on the gay scene, which sometimes revolves around drinking and drugs and pressurises people in terms of their self-perception and self-esteem,’.

‘As such, the film is an honest and authentic exploration of LGBTIQ themes and particularly of the experiences of young lesbian women.’

Helen will also explore the use of stop motion animation and camera and editing tricks to create special effects, and create additional material – including in-character video diaries and social media accounts – to accompany the film.

Helen hopes to enter the film to festivals around the world.

Follow Joey's journey on Facebook.

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