Shedunnit proudly sponsors Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2020 Best Short Script Competition.

Once again, we are delighted to sponsor the Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2020 Best Short Script Competition. Helen Jacey, Shedunnit’s Founder says, ‘

‘It’s a privilege to be judging the WO50FF Best Short Script Prize for the second time.  I’m excited to discover some fantastic older female characters on the page – or scripts penned by fabulous older women filmmakers! Short scripts are not necessarily easy to write, but done well, they are utterly impactful. As women audiences gain in years, sadly the number of older female protagonists on screen shrinks! This special festival is unique for celebrating the older woman in front  of and behind the camera!


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Article featuring Chipped Pearls: Elvira Slate Investigations Book 2!

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A wonderful book review by Susan de Muth

1940s Noir with a Female Gaze at Cinema Museum!

We had a fabulous time with friends and Elvira Slate Investigations fans at the wonderful Cinema Museum in London in December, celebrating the launch of Chipped Pearls, the second in our crime fiction series! Helen Jacey gave a talk on 1940s Noir with a female – and feminist gaze. She explored the inequalities of the 1940s and the challenges in creating a 1940s feminist detective with an intersectional feminist gaze..
With live music by Chevonne Jones and Kate Garner, daughter of the late Chas Hodges of Chas ‘n Dave, it was a night to remember.


Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2019

Shedunnit Productions is proud to sponsor this year’s WoFFF, an incredible film festival that celebrates stories about older women and women filmmakers over fifty!

The Festival takes place in September 2019 in Lewes. Shedunnit Productions is sponsoring the top prize for the new best short screenplay category. This will be a screenplay consultation with Helen Jacey.

Signed copies of Helen’s book The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters , kindly provided by Michael Wiese Productions, will go to the winner and runners up!

Shedunnit Productions at The Graftas!

This year Helen was asked to judge the best screenplay at the Graftas, the awards ceremony run by the University of Greenwich for final year students’ short films.

Writing Women, Work and Power A Masterclass in Warsaw

Helen was delighted to give a screenwriting masterclass at this year’s Scriptfiesta  in Poland. Helen talked about power and gender when creating characters. Afterwards there was a fun book signing, where Helen met a lot of screenwriters who bought the Polish edition of The Woman in the Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters.

Writing Older Women Characters

Helen gave a talk for the Writers group of Women in Film and TV UK, on some of the representation issues writers face when the choose an older female protagonist. It was a packed night, with lots of laughter and frustrations about ageism affecting our characters and our lives as storytellers and filmmakers.

Ida Lupino’s Centenary

2018 was the centenary of Ida Lupino, actress turned producer and director. To celebrate this trailblazer of a Hollywood female filmmaker, Helen gave a talk on Feminism, Crime Writing, and 1940s Hollywood at Kino-Teatr in St Leonards on Sea, and also held a book signing for Jailbird Detective!