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House of Gary is the independent documentary production company of Karina and Nils Astrup, operating out of Australia and Norway with a mission to creatively tell stories that inspire and inform audiences worldwide. Working with highly skilled freelance professionals, fostering strong alliances and lasting working relationships, is the core strength and values of our company, reflecting the true heart and spirit of indie production.


Karina AstrupPRODUCER: Karina Astrup is the senior producer of House of Gary. Her debut film about local indie punk band - '6ft Hick: notes from the underground' was financed through ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen QLD, premiering at the Brisbane International Film Festival, NXNE in Toronto and winning the Noisy Cat Award - Best Music Documentary Award.

Working with Director Penny Vozniak, 'Despite the Gods’, about renowned horror director Jennifer Lynch making a film in India, was her next feature documentary, broadcast in Israel and Finland, premiering at Hot Docs, Chicago, Fantasia, Sitges, Sydney, Stockholm, eventually travelling to over 40 Festivals around the world and winning Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Comedy Awards.

Teaming up with Australian Directors Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess, 'Morgana’ a film about a 50 year old housewife’s radical reinvention and journey into the avantgarde porn world, is her most recent feature documentary. It was broadcast in Italy, had a national Australian cinema run and travelled to over 30 Festivals around the world, picking up the Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Best Australian Independent Film Award, Audience Award for Best Documentary and the Sex and Age Film Award.

Currently Karina is working on Norwegian documentaries, with her first norwegian short, 'In Love with Craziness aka Forelska i Galskap’, produced with child and adolescent psychiatrist Melanie Ekholdt, about the youth journey of an ADHD rapper. It had a thriving international Festival release, picking up the Breaking Stigma Award, Award of Recognition for Contemporary issues and awareness raising, Best Documentary Story in a Short Film and the Jury Special Award.

Her next film ‘The Hunt’ will be a mid to long length documentary, which is currently being shot in the high mountains of Norway. ‘The Hunt’ is an ambitious project, with an aim to create a brand new history documentary format, using creative indie tools and a strong contemporary character journey, giving modern day access into the world of the widely unknown ancient seasonal reindeer hunters.


Nils AstrupDIRECTOR - THE HUNT: Nils Astrup has a varied background in storytelling, stretching from interactive presentations of marine archaeological exhibitions, to corporate marketing, to e-learning. For the past two decades, he has worked as a digital creator and marketing manager, honing his skills on digital platforms and how to communicate most effectively in these spaces. Nils has now come full circle to his first love and professional beginnings; the historical physical remains of our human past - Archaeology.

With a degree in Nordic Archaeology and a background as a PADI diving instructor, Nils' extensive field experience has been in both underwater and land archaeology, within Scandinavia. Combining his enormous passion for storytelling, with his in-depth digital knowledge, gives him a unique opportunity to bring to life our past in a modern and engaging manner, using all the tools he has developed over the course of his life, as a marketing manager, e-learning specialist, author and archaeologist.



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