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Helen Gaynor

Helen Gaynor has been directing documentary and drama for Australian television screens for over twenty-five years.

Helen commenced her directing career in drama. She has directed some of Australia’s best-known television series including Neighbours and Home and Away as well as high-end productions such as Big Sky and MDA.

Her documentary projects have been commissioned by major public broadcasters and she is sought after by major producers as a director/shooter for major documentary series.

She has combined her directing work with a teaching career that has taken her from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) to the International School of Film and TV (EICTV) in Cuba. She is in the final stages of her Masters at the film school at the University of Melbourne.

Helen was born in Melbourne on 7 December 1958. She is married to Arpad Mihaly with whom she has two daughters, Zsuzsa (13) and Roza (7). She lives in the inner city Melbourne suburb of Northcote and combines her directing work with teaching, studying and parenting.



John Smallwood does murder. Liz Gaynor does sex offences. Leanne Warren does both. And they all work FOR THE DEFENCE. Through unprecedented access to their lives, FOR THE DEFENCE observes criminal defence work through the eyes of three leading criminal defence lawyers...


"A ripping yarn that commands no small measure of amazement even without the link with Dickens. ..." - Richard Kuipers, Variety ""An entertaining docudrama ...