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House of Gary is an independent documentary production company, operating out of Australia and Norway, with a mission to tell stories that inspire and inform, working with highly skilled freelance professionals, fostering strong alliances and lasting working relationships.


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, 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', is her latest film to be completed, currently travelling the Festivals and recently picking up Best Australian Independent Film Award.


DIRECTOR - MORGANA: Isabel Peppard is a highly skilled multidisciplinary artist who works across the mediums of film, sculpture and stop-motion animation. 

Her multi-award winning work has screened at top-tier festivals, including Melbourne International Film Festival, Sitges and Annecy, as well as at art institutions such as GOMA (QLD), MOMA (Rio De Janeiro) and ACMI (Melbourne.

Her short film ‘Butterflies’ (starring Rachel Griffiths) won the Dendy Award at the Sydney Film Festival and was broadcast nationally on SBS Television. 

Isabel regularly exhibits at the Beinart Gallery, an international surrealist art collective that represents New Contemporary artists from around the world including Shaun Tan, Jonathon Tsang and Ronit Baranga.

She is currently writing a live action/animation hybrid horror feature and developing a short stop motion animated Virtual Reality project.

Isabel’s work uses gothic fairytale and handmade symbolic elements to tell humane stories of existential horror and personal transformation.


DIRECTOR - MORGANA: Josie Hess is an award-winning filmmaker working across horror, comedy, documentary and porn.

Her work has included extensive collaborations with 'Permission 4Pleasure' producer Morgana Muses and co-directing her first feature documentary ‘Morgana’, which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival and Fantasia. 

She produced 'The Grave of Saint Oran', a short stop motion film based on a poem by Neil Gaiman with Director Jim Batt, premiering at the Sydney Film Festival, MIFF and Fantasia.

Josie’s film work has also made waves in the porn world, with ‘Labia of Love’ winning Hottest Artful Porn Award at the Toronto International Porn Awards in 2018 and also picking up Best Fetish Film for ‘Having my Cake’ in 2015.


DIRECTOR - IN LOVE WITH CRAZINESS: Melanie Ekholdt is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, with a strong interest in using film, art and culture for emotionally engaged participation and professional discourse, which includes young people as part of the conversation. After producing some successful youtube clips and interviews, she was excited by the possibilities that opened up to her through the use of multi-media and digital storytelling in teaching and sharing with parents, colleagues and the wider community.

'Forelska i Galskap/In Love with Craziness' is her first documentary production in collaboration with House of Gary. Through this short documentary, which will accompany a book she is currently co-writing with the films subject Michael Kildal, she is wanting to contribute to a global conversation around how society can better understand the different expressions of boys and young men, and how the arts can be a powerful therapeutic tool.


DIRECTOR - THREE SECRETS: Mette Strømsted is a director, writer and artist, and 'Three Secrets' will be her first short film production. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Australia and four years studying at the classical art school 'Kristiania FriAkademi' in Oslo, she has a high level of drawing/illustration skills. This talent lends itself perfectly to the medium of digital story telling. With a lifelong passion for poetry and a love of intimate human stories, she is able to bring to screen deeply personal and emotive experiences.

Born with a hereditary severe hearing impairment, she has been using hearing aids full time since she was 6 years old and her debut documentary will share that life story. Set to a visually arresting, beautiful set of hand drawn self portraits, alongside of poetic descriptions of her early memories discovering sound and hearing aids, ’Three Secrets’ is set to be something very special and relevant to both the hearing and non-hearing communities.


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 scuba 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, author and archaeologist.


DIRECTOR - DESERT STAR: Tahnee McGuire is a uniquely talented commercials and film director, with her drama and documentary work screening both nationally and internationally winning numerous awards. She was chosen by HatchFest USA as one of the 10 best world-wide, of groundbreaking young filmmakers and has since delivered on that promise by growing into one of Queensland's most senior production creatives.

Tahnee has a strong ability to bring memorable performances from actors and non-actors alike, as well as bringing a profound insight into the art of storytelling. She is currently writing the feature script for Desert Star.


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