Writer / Director
Hero is a British writer/ director. Her stories often interweave the socio-political and the personal. Her short film, RELEASE, was loosely based on the murder of headmaster, Philip Lawrence. The film opened the ‘Show me your scars’ programme at the London Short Film Festival 2018, and closed the ‘Traveling Through’ programme at the East End Film Festival 2018. Subsequently, Hero has been interviewed about her inspiration for the film on London Live with over 400,000 viewers. Hero recently wrote and directed MOTTO, a short drama starring Amelia Bullmore, about a woman, Linda (50), who on a particular and difficult day in her life finds emotional support in a Muslim taxi driver. The film has just been completed and is being entered in a number of international festivals.
Hero graduated with distinction in MA Screenwriting from the London Film School. She then worked for a number of years in film production companies before acting as creative assistant to filmmakers, Stephen Poliakoff and then to Tony Grisoni. Hero subsequently received the Creative Skillset bursary for an MA in Filmmaking, specialising in writing and directing at the LFS. She wrote and directed a number of short films and graduated with a further distinction.
Hero is the recipient of the Philip Mottram Memorial Fund, and the CTBF John Brabourne Award for emerging talent in the British film and television industry.
Head of Productions
Shirley is British producer and Head of Productions for Heroes Film overseeing all commercial and narrative content on behalf of the company. She is responsible for fundraising, production, logistics, and oversees marketing and finance for our projects.
Shirley was Executive Producer for the short film, BLIND, written and directed by Malinda Kaur, and which is currently in post-production. Shirley completed producing the short film, ‘22.3.16’, written and directed by Chi Yu, recipient of both Film London’s London Calling, and London Calling Plus awards. Recently, she has produced MOTTO, written and directed by Hero Mackenzie, which stars Amelia Bullmore.
Shirley will act as Associate Producer for the company’s two feature length projects, assisting in the development of the adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s novel, The Dirty South, as well as Hero Mackenzie’s debut feature length film, BABYLON LIES.
Prior to co-founding Heroes Film in 2017, Shirley was Head of Operations for over 15 years at the London Film School where she was in charge of all operations, human resources, finance and US federal loans, on behalf of the school.
She liaised with laboratories such as Rank, Humphries and Technicolour as well as distributors such as BFI, Contemporary Films and Artificial Eye. Shirley also sat on the Equality Committee, General Counsel, Ed Tech Division and the Joint board for Industry Training (J.O.B.F.I.T), on behalf of BECTU.
"We tell stories that challenge the notion of the hero."