Helen Littleboy teaches documentary filmmaking at both undergraduate and masters level. Helen is an award-winning television producer and director with over 20 years experience making documentaries. She has excellent current industry connections, combining her post here in the Media Arts department with an ongoing role as executive producer currently at the Emmy award-winning independent production company Ronachan Films.
As an executive producer, Helen has developed a particular specialism nurturing emerging talent, producing acclaimed films for Channel 4’s Cutting Edge series and the First Cut strand for new directors. Building upon Royal Holloway’s excellent industry links, Helen is committed to using her experience to enhance student’s employability, supporting their search for work and funding after university.
As a producer and director Helen has made a wide range of innovative and impactful factual programmes. These include social history, such as the acclaimed BBC series It’s Not Unusual and The Battle for Brixton commemorating 20 years since the iconic riot ( “ a powerful, striking and memorable film” Evening Standard; “excellent and revealing documentary” The Telegraph), as well as popular documentaries like Michael Jackson’s Boy and Grierson-nominated The Truth About Gay Animals (awarded an honourable mention). She has developed, produced and directed more than 50 hours of television including the ground-breaking series about the English, White Tribe (“White Tribe tells you all you need to know about this moment of flux” The Guardian; “Powerful, cogent” The Independent ) described by Channel 4 as “remit-defining” and included in a BFI DVD collection distributed to every school in the UK.
Helen is currently developing and executive producing a number of broadcast commissions for Channel 4 and the BBC.