|Intro||German writer, director and actress|
|Is||Actor Film director Screenwriter Writer|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature|
|Birth||19 February 1992, Freiburg im Breisgau, Freiburg Government Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany|
Helene Hegemann (born February 19, 1992, in Freiburg im Breisgau) is a German writer, director, and actress. As a young writer her work was highly praised, but her first novel, Axolotl Roadkill, sparked a plagiarism controversy. The book has since been translated in various languages.
She was raised by her divorced mother, a graphic artist and painter. After her mother's death, Hegemann moved in with her father. She began writing and first gained attention with her blog. On 6 December 2007, her play, Ariel 15 premiered in Berlin at Ballhaus Ost, directed by Sebastian Mauksch. Hegemann called her play a literary fairy tale piece. Deutschland Radio adapted it as a radio drama in 2008. That same year, a screenplay she wrote at 14 was developed. It was underwritten by the Federal Cultural Foundation. The resulting film, Torpedo, a youth drama, premiered in 2008 at the Hof Film Festival and ran in German cinemas in summer 2009. It won the Max Ophüls Prize. Hegemann credits the Jean-Luc Godard film Weekend as a major influence on her writing style. In 2009, Hegemann played a role in the episodic film Germany 09, by Nicolette Krebitz. Hegemann appeared in the segment "Die Unvollendete", where Ulrike Meinhof and Susan Sontag meet.
Hegemann lives in Berlin with her partner Andrea Hanna Hünniger and studies at a high school for non-traditional students.
In 2013, her second novel Jage zwei Tiger was published.
- Axolotl Roadkill, Ullstein, 22 January 2010, ISBN 978-3-550-08792-9
- Axolotl Roadkill / druk 1, Translator Marcel Misset, Arbeiderspers, 2010, ISBN 978-90-295-7359-7
- Roadkill, Translator I. Amico Di Meane, Einaudi, 2010, ISBN 978-88-06-20507-2
- Axolotl Roadkill, Constable & Robinson Limited, 2012, ISBN 978-1-84901-054-2
- Jage zwei Tiger, Hanser, 26 August 2013, ISBN 978-3-446-24367-5
- Torpedo 2008, (Director, Writer)
- Axolotl Overkill 2017 (Director, Writer)