Her vision surpassed her generation

"an extraordinary piece of work"
-Danny Leigh, Guardian

"authentic complexity"                     -Selina Mills, The Spectator

"an immensely powerful short film recognising the extraordinary life of Helen Keller"                                     -Dame Evelyn Glennie


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Special thanks to the cinemas who have held private and accessible screenings of Whirlpool

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Based on a true story

Helen Keller, an avid civil rights activist known for being deaf and blind, faces prejudice from the public, her family, and even herself. 


This 17 min. film by Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon completed in May 2017, is attached to a feature film screenplay.


Music to be felt, not only heard

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World premiere percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and 2x Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning composer, Jered Sorkin created a compelling score that transcends 2-dimensional cinema and connects to the raw drive of Helen Keller. Watch the trailer to the documentary Making a Whirlpool. 


“I am extremely proud to be a part of Whirlpool – an immensely powerful short film recognising the extraordinary life of Helen Keller. The sensitivity, weight, power and message of this film is portrayed in a way that is so relevant to each and every one of us. Being co-composer with Jered Sorkin was an absolute joy and together our aim was to delve into the very heart of Helen’s unique mind whereby she too became a composer! The vision, dedication and talents of Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon are second to none and together we hope Whirlpool will keep the legacy of Helen Keller alive."

-Dame Evelyn Glennie

The Creators of Whirlpool

Kate Baxter



Elizabeth Dixon




Our crew and cast are made up of Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy, and Grammy-nominated and -winning individuals across the international film scene. 

Remembering Helen

As Whirlpool creators (Kate Baxter and Elizabeth Dixon) read Helen Keller's words, interviewed experts and Helen's and other character's loved ones, it moved them to create beyond the short film. With a feature film screenplay, a documentary in production about topics close to Helen Keller, and a partnership for new technologies for better accessibility, this project is the gateway to a continuation of the work that Helen Keller began in the early 1900’s.

Research Support: Interviews and research with groups from the RNIB, Scope, Sense, AFB, Helen Keller Archive archivist, Helen Selsdon and other Helen Keller experts, led to a more authentic portrayal of disability on screen, as well as accessibility product concepts. With a written feature length script expanding upon Whirlpool the short film, Five Fifty Five Productions is now in pre-production.

Technology Partnership: The Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College are interested in using technology to create experiences that empowers growth in organisations and people. In partnership with Five Fifty Five Productions, a team of researchers are currently researching technology concepts, and seeking development funding, to allow people with sight loss to better engage with 2-dimensional media, and specifically the cinematic arts. The Five Fifty Five Productions and the Dyson School’s aim is to release this technology in tandem with Whirlpool, the feature film’s release date.



Whirlpool's press kit, poster, photos, and trailers are available here. Please contact us with any questions.

Whirlpool Statistics

  • 2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the film's events

  • Directing debut

  • 51% of cast & crew are women

  • 88% of department heads held by women & minorities

  • Budget under £15k

  • Filmed in 3 consecutive days, & script to screen in 1 month

  • Sourced team of 70+ people in 2 weeks

  • 12 countries represented in cast & crew

  • 14 expert advisors, over 50 interviews & over 1,000 articles and books read

  • Filmed on 16mm Kodak film

Contact Us

Please contact Whilrpool's press team here, or email the production company directly at info@fivefiftyfivefilms.com

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