About Helen Yeates


Helen Yeates has been a film and television teacher and researcher at Queensland University of Technology for many years in which she has actively participated and nurtured screen culture and screen production.  Currently an Adjunct Professor in film, screen and animation, Helen is a long-standing member of the Brisbane International Film Festival Program Advisory Panel and founded the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards.

As a filmmaker, she has produced several award-winning short films. Helen enjoys pushing boundaries, both in creative practice and in the disruptive application of theory. She has also mentored many filmmakers nationally and internationally, acting as a consultant in relation to ideas development, script editing, exhibition and community-based transmedia communication activism. She won a Creative Industries Dean’s award for outstanding postgraduate supervision of multi-disciplinary creative practitioners. In 2011 Helen received a special lifetime award at the Village Roadshow Studios 25th Queensland New Filmmakers Awards for dedicated service to the film industry.


Helen has recently become one of the directors of the innovative Cinema Ventures. She also closely collaborates with the West End Film Festival and will curate for Disruptor Screen’s program in 2014.

Helen’s experimental video montage Do Look Now premiered in April 2012 at One Night Stand, a collaborative moving image installation for the Queensland Photography Festival. She also produced and directed a short documentary about this installation called Reflections on Do Look Now. Do Look Now subsequently screened in the Forbidden Pleasures section of the 2012 Brisbane International Film Festival. See a published piece about this production HERE. 

Other productions and related outputs include:

Photo by Louis Lim. Do Look Now in the exhibition One Night Stand, held at Through the Looking Glass Studios as part of Queensland Festival for Photography 2012.

Yeates, Helen L. (2013) Do Look Now: re-imagining and re-purposing audiovisual creative practice. Ejournalist, 13(1), pp. 70-84.

Yeates, Helen L., McVeigh, Kathryn Margaret, & Van Hemert, Tess (2011) From ethnocentrism to transculturalism :a film studies pedagogical journey. Cultural Studies Review17(2), pp. 71-99.

Yeates, Helen L. & Carson, Susan J. (2009) Bend and stretch : pedagogical callisthenics in creative practice honours. Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses6(October Special Issue Number 6), pp. 1-13.

Yeates, Helen L. (2009) Embedded engagements : the challenge of creative practice research to the humanities. The International Journal of the Humanities7(1), pp. 139-147.

Yeates, Helen (2001) Ageing Masculinity in NYPD Blue: A Spectacle of Incontinence, Impotence, and Mortality. Canadian Review of American Studies, pp. 47-56.

Yeates, Helen L. (1998) A shameful spectacle. Peace Review: A journal of Social Justice10(4), pp. 553-557.

Yeates, Helen L. (1995) The league of men : masculinity, the media and rugby league football. Media Information Australia75, pp. 35-45.

2 thoughts on “About Helen Yeates

  1. Hi Helena,

    My name is Jess and I’m a journalist and podcast producer at BreakThru Radio, a multi-media platform covering independent news. One of the podcasts I host is called Biology of the Blog and revolves around interviewing one awesome blogger (such as yourself!) every week on the show. I’m wondering if you might be willing to come on air as a guest speaker in the next couple weeks and chat about Movie Buff Q?

    The interview is not done live (don’t worry), so I can edit out any verbal pauses. I’ve found the best medium is Skype (mine) to phone (yours), and can give you a call from our studio.

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please send me a reply along with some idea of availability over the next week or so and we can figure out more details.

    Thanks so much for your time and consideration!


    Jess Goulart

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