VIFF 2020 Interview: Director Helen Shaver on her film “Happy Place” | Awesome Friday!

Helen Shaver / Happy Place

Helen Shaver is kind of a big deal. This year alone, she has directed episodes of WestworldSnowpiercer, and Lovecraft Country. She is a veteran of prestige TV and directed a made-for-TV movie in 1999 that won an Emmy. Her new film Happy Place, streaming as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival, is her first feature film.

I was able to sit down with her on Zoom to speak about Happy Place, what it’s like working with Canadian legends, and the universality of the experience of trauma and mental health issues. 

Spoiler alert: she was a delight to talk to.

Full Interview at Awesome Friday: