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 and Faramarz K-Rahber.


PRODUCER: Karina Astrup is an independent producer and company director of House of Gary. Her debut 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.

In 2016, teaming up with a dynamic duo of Directors, Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess, we collectively ran a successful crowdfund campaign and began post production on the feature documentary film ‘Morgana', about the radical re-invention from house wife to feminist porn star of a woman from Albury, Australia.  Also in collaboration with director Tahnee McGuire, there is continued development of a feature drama script '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.


Faramarz K-RahberDIRECTOR: Faramarz K-Rahber is an Iranian/Australian director/producer who has specialized in documentary film since graduating from Griffith Film School 15 years ago. His feature documentaries, which tend to be themed around cultural identity and diversity, have accomplished world acclaim. Fahimah’s Story won the Independent Spirit Award and Donkey in Lahore showcased at SXSW, Tribeca, IDFA, Gothenburg and the Sundance channel. Then touring further to another 30 international festivals. Partnering up with Swedish/Australian producer/editor Axel Grigor, they both founded Faraway Productions, working with a range of domestic and international broadcasters.

Faramarz is passionately involved with the film community, working closely with APSA - Asia Pacific Film Awards, is a member of the Emmy Awards Foundation and lectures at Griffith Film School.  He is currently collaborating with House of Gary on the development of documentary One Day in Tahrir, exploring the continuing long term unfolding events around the Arab Spring in Egypt, through personal stories of some of the characters he met in the second major Tahrir Square demonstration.

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