Arts Council of Wales | Helen Griffin
Creative Wales Awards 2011/12

Helen Griffin

Visual Arts

Helen-GriffinHaving initially trained as a psychiatric nurse, Helen subsequently went into acting.

Her career highlights include the acclaimed one-woman show, 'Caitlin', the cult films 'Twin Town' and 'Human Traffic', episodes of 'Dr Who', 'Coronation Street' and 'Getting On' as well as a BAFTA Cymru Best Actress award for the film 'Little White Lies', which she also wrote.

She has written plays for theatre and radio, episodes of TV dramas, and more recently, screenplays. 'Little White Lies' was shown in film festivals and won several awards.

Helen has just completed plays for both Sherman Cymru and Torch Theatre and has a screenplay set in Israel and Palestine in development with Red&Black films. She is seeking a producer for another screenplay about a dead elephant in Tregaron.

"Eye of the Storyteller"

helen-griffin-little-white-liesAs a writer, Helen’s written word is her major tool. This project would allow her to explore the powerful role that visual imagery can play in story-telling.

She wants to explore that territory where the boundaries between narrative film and video art blur, focusing particularly on video artists. With the guidance of her mentor, Tim Davies, she will research the work of artists such as Mark Wallinger, Bill Viola and Shirin Neshat, plus that of emerging, young Welsh artists.

Helen will be looking for work which has purity of image, clarity of concept and can pack an emotional punch. She'll be asking questions like: How long can a single visual image sustain suspense? When does broken or cyclical narrative intrigue and when does it alienate? The aim then is to make a series of 'micro-films' that illustrate the power and purity of visual imagery; and finally, to pull her discoveries together in a tangible form, perhaps by making a short silent video film, which is rich in narrative.

To have the freedom to explore this rich area at this stage in her career is very exciting. What she learns could develop her visual imagery and enhance her story-telling skills, enabling her to find more innovative ways to tell stories and perhaps to find new people to create and tell them with...

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