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 the senior producer 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 the Brisbane International 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 DocumentaryBest 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. As well as a mid length Norwegian documentary, The Hunt, following two archaeologist friends who team up to follow in the footsteps of an ancient reindeer hunt from the Viking times, high up in the mountains, only accessible for a few months of the year.  

She has also teamed up with a dynamic duo of Australian Directors, Isabel Peppard and Josie Hess, for her fourth feature documentary Morgana, about the radical re-invention from house wife to feminist porn star of a woman from rural Australia and 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 out in Western Australia.


DIRECTOR: Isabel Peppardis a multi award winning director, animator and visual artist. Isabel’s short animation ‘Butterflies’(voiced by Rachael Griffiths), screened at over 50 international festivals including MIFF, Sitges and Annecy. It was also broadcast by SBS Television and nominated for an AACTA Award.

In 2014 Isabel received The Directors Acclaim fund from Screen Australia, allowing her to undertake a writing/directing mentorship in LA with horror director Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Chained, The Walking Dead).

In 2015, Isabel’s feature horror script Silk, won a project award at Asia’s biggest genre market in South Korea, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Isabel is currently in post production of feature documentary ‘Morgana’, with House of Gary, showing her sculptures at Beinart Gallery in Melbourne and working on a new script development.


DIRECTOR: Josie Hess is an award-winning filmmaker based in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor Film & Television from Swinburne and a B.A in History and Cinema Studies from Melbourne University.  Her graduate film 'Sunroom', premiered at New York’s Blue Stocking festival in 2015.

She has worked extensively in film marketing as the social media manager for boutique horror distributor Monster Pictures. Josie shoots and edits indie erotica for various studios in Australia including Permission4Pleasure.  Her work has been screened all over the world and receiving numerous awards including Best Fetish Film at the 2017 Toronto Porn Awards. 

She has also just finished producing The Grave of Saint Oran, an animation based on a poem by Neil Gaiman, premiering at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival and is in post production of feature documentary Morgana, with House of Gary.


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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