helen_bowdenLocal filmmakers will get the chance to meet and hear from acclaimed producer Helen Bowden (pictured) at a workshop seminar in Murwillumbah on Saturday, June 13.

Helen is currently in production with LOU, a feature film being shot in and around Murwillumbah and other areas in the Tweed from next week.

Helen’s most recent film, Girl in a Mirror, won the Rouben Mamoulian Award and the Dendy Award for Best Doco at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival.

It was the first Australian film ever to win a prestigious Rose D’or Award at the Montreux Television Festival in May 2006, as well as winning the Australian Film Critics’ Award for Best Documentary in 2005.

LOU, written and directed by local screenwriter and director Belinda Chayko, stars the legendary John Hurt, a BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee (Elephant Man, The Proposition, V for Vendetta) and Emily Barclay, AFI winner (Suburban Mayhem, In my Father’s Den).

Tweed Shire Council, in partnership with Screenworks, will host a Saturday seminar on 13 June with Helen, where she will talk about the process of developing, financing and making the film LOU.

Council’s Cultural Development Officer Lesley Buckley said the seminar on 13 June was part of Tweed Shire Council’s ongoing program of arts and cultural development opportunities.

“Many emerging and first-time filmmakers wanting to break into the industry would find the process of getting a film from page to screen daunting,” Ms Buckley said.

“This is a not-to-be missed opportunity to hear a leading producer talk about the ins and outs of producing a feature film.”

The workshop seminar will be held on Saturday 13 June at 10am to noon at the Coolamon Cultural Centre in Tumbulgum Road, Murwillumbah. Seats are limited so if you would like to attend, contact Pam Veness on (02) 6670 2674.

Picture: Sydney Film Festival.