Helen Lyons-Curran

Helen Lyons-Curran

PickaXe Films
Filmmaker, Director and Editor

Manchester, United Kingdom

Member Since:
August 2013
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About Helen

I'm an award winning filmmaker, and just completed ENDS MEAT, a thirty minute movie about a taxi driver with a wicked secret.

As a filmmaker I have produced and directed various short films. DELICACY (2014), a multi award winning short I wrote & directed, received five awards including The ROYAL TELEVISION SOCIETY North West Best Student Drama 2014, and BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at The US HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL Film Festival 2015. It was also nominated for nine awards, being recognised for direction, performance, and art & design.

I am currently in the very early stages of script development on what will (hopefully) be my first feature as a director. In the meantime, I'm hoping to direct some single scene dramas. If anyone is looking to write, produce, DP etc, a project with a low - no budget please get in touch. These pieces would be designed more for showreel material than anything else.

Having worked freelance as an editor, I have credits in narrative short film, documentary TV, promos, and low-end commercials.

I earned my 1st Class BA Honours in Film and TV Production from The Manchester Film School where I trained in single camera drama.


  • Ends Meat

    Ends Meat (2016 - 2018)
    Film by PickaXe Films Ltd. (Horror, Mystery and Short) Director Our protagonist Pete found himself unable to say no when a chance encounter resulted in a proposition that would solve all of his financial woes. It would ultimately prove to be the greatest in a long line of mistakes however, as his moral code is shattered beyond repair. A good man driven to do very bad things, Pete clings to the hope that the end is now in sight, but his actions are about to come to one horrific climax.

  • My dad's bigger than your dad

    My dad's bigger than your dad (2016)
    Film (Drama) Visual effects A visual representation of a poem by the mancunian poet, Dave Viney.

  • Half My Faith, All the Extras

    Half My Faith, All the Extras (2015 - 2016)
    Television by Giant Images UK for BMTV Offline Editor

  • Brothers' Day

    Brothers' Day (2015)
    Film (Crime and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Chris feels the Manchester's underworld of crime has taken his brother Ryan away from his side. When everything goes wrong with Ryan's latest deal, Chris will have to learn by himself that the decisions his brother made for him are not as easy as he thought. Written by Anonymous

  • Dad

    Dad (2015)
    Film (short) by Dim the Lights Pictures Writer / Director

  • Half My Faith, All My Struggle

    Half My Faith, All My Struggle (2015)
    Television by Giant Images UK Offline Editor

  • Ready?

    Ready? (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Science and Atheism: The Forced Marriage

    Science and Atheism: The Forced Marriage (2014)
    Documentary by Deya Media Editor

  • The Read Foundation

    The Read Foundation (2014)
    Commercial by Giant Images UK Offline Editor

  • The Dog Whisperer

    The Dog Whisperer (2014)
    Film (short) by GreenCoat Productions Editor

  • Penny Appeal

    Penny Appeal (2014)
    Commercial by Giant Images UK offline Editor

  • Scribblers Tee Room

    Scribblers Tee Room (2014)
    Commercial by Giant Images UK Offline Editor

  • Delicacy

    Delicacy (2014)
    Film (short) by Huntsman Films Writer / Director

  • Gone

    Gone (2013)
    Film (Short, Horror, Mystery and Thriller) Producer Carla believes her missing daughter is attempting to make contact through mysterious means, her husband Brian pushed aside, Carla is on a path of discovery, but may be one that is best left alone.

  • Bedside

    Bedside (2013)
    Film (Short and Drama) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Got to let Go - Jai McDowall

    Got to let Go - Jai McDowall (2013)
    Film (short) by Dir: Matt Hamer Producer

  • It's a Metaphor

    It's a Metaphor (2013)
    Film (short) by Dir: Sean Kelly Producer

  • Carbooty

    Carbooty (2012)
    Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Location management A mockumentary following car boot organiser Tommy Valentine and his romantic connection with Zumba loving Jean.


  • Delicacy - Best Drama: The Royal Television Society NW Student Award (writer/director)

  • Award of Excellence - San Francisco Short Film Festival

  • Dad - Highly Commended super short: Screen Stockport Film Festival

  • Delicacy - Best Undergraduate Short: Screen Stockport (as writer/director)

  • Delicacy - The Delta Short Film Award: The Festival of Fantastic Films (as writer / director)

  • The Dog Whisperer - Best North West Short Film: Screen Stockport (as editor)

  • It's a Metaphor - Best undergraduate short film: Screen Stockport (as producer)


  • Salford University, UK

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

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