House of Gary is an independent documentary production company operating out of both Australia and Norway.  As filmmakers, we are interested in human stories that inspire and inform, from all corners of the globe and all walks of life.

House of Gary works with a variety of highly skilled freelance professionals, fostering strong alliances and lasting working relationships. We are currently collaborating with Directors Isabel Peppard, Josie Hess, Tahnee McGuire, Mette Strømsted and Melanie Ekholdt.


PRODUCER: Karina Astrup is an independent producer and company director of House of Gary. Her d ebut film about local indie music punk band - 6ft Hick: notes from the underground, was financed through ABC TV, Screen Australia and Screen QLD, premiering at Brisbane Int Film Festival, NXNE in Toronto and winning the Noisy Cats - Best Music Documentary Award.

Teaming up with Director Penny Vozniak, Despite the Gods, was House of Gary’s second independent feature documentary. It premiered at Hot Docs, Chicago, Fantasia, Sitges, Sydney, Stockholm, LA Femme Fest, eventually travelling to over 40 Festivals around the world; and winning “Best Documentary”, “Best Director” and “Best Comedy” Awards.

Currently she is working on two Norwegian documentary shorts, ‘In Love with Craziness’, about the journey of an ADHD rapper from the west coast of Norway and ‘Three Secrets’, an illustrated and poetic personal insight into growing up with severe hearing impairment. Also teaming up with a dynamic duo of Australian Directors, Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess for her third feature documentary ‘Morgana’, about the radical re-invention from house wife to feminist porn star of a woman from Albury, Victoria.  And working with Tahnee McGuire, on a script development for feature drama 'Desert Star', a film based on the lives and relationship of renowned Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike and English prison psychologist Pat Lowe.


DIRECTOR: Isabel Peppard Isabel Peppard is a multi award winning horror director/stopmotion animator. Isabel's' most recent short animation, Butterflies, has screened at over 50 international festivals including MIFF, Sitges, Annecy and Dok Lepzig. In 2013 Butterflies won the Dendy Award for Best Short Animation at the Sydney Film Festival and was nominated for the AACTA (Australian Academy Award) for Best Short Animation in 2014. Isabel was a recipient of The Directors Acclaim Fund from Screen Australia, allowing her to undertake a writing/directing mentorship in LA with director Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Chained).

In 2014 Isabel received development funding from Screen Australia for her debut horror/fantasy feature film ‘Silk’ which went on to win the DHL award at South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Asia’s biggest competitive genre festival and market. Isabel is currently in post production for the feature documentary Morgana, and also developing a feature horror and children’s stopmotion animation series.


DIRECTOR: Josie Hess Josie Hess is a producer, director, writer and editor based in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Film & Television from Swinburne and a B.A in History and Cinema Studies from Melbourne University. She produced Womb in 2013, a 16mm body-horror which won best experimental short at the ATOM awards. She completed her graduate film Sunroom in 2014, a comedy she wrote and produced, which premiered at New York's Blue Stocking festival in 2015.

Josie has extensive experience in film marketing through online media content. She oversaw several successful crowdfunding campaigns and helped grow audiences across Australia and the UK during her time as social media manager for Monster Pictures. Since graduation, Josie has established her own freelance content production business, which has included extensive collaborations with Berlin based director Morgana Muses and Melbourne based director Isabel Peppard. She currently has a short animation, feature documentary and two short creative documentaries in production.


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

Tahnee's strengths are her ability to bring memorable performances from actors and non actors, as well as a profound insight into the art of storytelling. She is currently writing the feature script for Desert Star.


DIRECTOR: 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 the table deeply personal and emotive experiences for the viewer.

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


DIRECTOR: Melanie Ekholdt Huynh is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, with a strong creative interest in using film for emotionally engaged participation and professional discourse.

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 and peers.

'In Love with Craziness' will be her first documentary production in collaboration with Karina Astrup of House of Gary. In an effort to keep an authentic youth voice throughout this film, she opted to work with a young editor fresh out of High School. Through this short documentary and also a book she is currently co-writing with the subject, she is wanting to contribute to a global conversation that is currently happening around the overuse of ADHD diagnoses.

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