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Back in 1986, Helen Shaver was in Martin Scorsese gem The Color of Money starring Paul Newman, and an outrageously pompadoured Tom Cruise. It was actually Scorsese who told Helen, “Hey, you’re a great actor, but you’d make a terrific director.” After more than two decades in front of the camera, during which she appeared in everything from Columbo to a film like Desert Hearts, Helen stepped behind the camera. Since, she’s directed many of your favourite shows: Republic of Doyle, Law & Order, Judging Amy, Orphan Black - and the list goes on. She’s worked with greats such as Steven Spielberg, the blood-and-guts director Sam Peckinpah and playwright Neil Simon. Now she’s back in front of the camera in a new Canadian film called Down River.