Gracie Otto

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Gracie Otto is a writer, director, editor and actor. She is part of The Dollhouse Pictures, a production company she formed with Rose Byrne, Shannon Murphy, Krew Boylan and Jess Carrera.

Gracie made her feature-length directorial debut with her documentary, THE LAST IMPRESARIO, about legendary British theatre and film producer Michael White. The film details the private and professional life of Michael White who introduced Dame Edna, Yoko Ono, Pina Bausch, John Cleese and many more to British audiences and presented over 300 shows and films including THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and A CHORUS LINE. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival and then played at the Dubai International Film festival, the Adelaide Film festival, The Sydney Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in Australia, the UK, Canada and Italy.

Gracie directed the short film SEAMSTRESS, which won the award for Best Screenplay in the Jameson Short Film Competition. It screened at Tokyo, where it was a finalist for the Asia Short Shorts Moet Star Award; Monterrey, where it won the Jury Award; and London, Palm Springs, Berlin, LA, Cyprus and New Zealand film festivals.

This year Gracie worked as Associate Producer on director Nick Broomfield’s highly anticipated BBC/Showtime feature documentary on Whitney Houston, CAN I BE ME. She also directed a short documentary for Sean Penn and Audible, WHO IS PAPPY PARIAH, and produced and directed short comedy sketches for Emmy award winning producer Stephanie Laing’s PYPO online comedy platform.
Other current projects include RUE DE TOURNON, a co-production set in Paris and Sydney that follows the wild love adventures of two young Aussie girls; a feature documentary on Italian exponent Antonio Favre and Commedia dell’Arte; and a quirky Australian doco celebrating the life of KOKO the kelpie canine star of multi-award winning film Red Dog.

French interior architect Francois Champsaur commissioned Gracie to create three online shorts based on the locations that he had recently designed, featuring a luxury hotel in Paris, a beach house in Marseille and a millionaire’s horse auction room at Deauville. She wrote, directed and edited the films; entitled PARFUM DE REGRETS, LA CARBANE and YEARLING respectively. Gracie’s earlier short films LA MEME NUIT, TANGO TROIS, BROKEN BEAT and KILL BLONDES have all screened in festivals internationally.

Gracie directed the latest music video for Samantha Jade featuring Pit Bull, as well as branded content for RUSSH magazine, Westfield, Harper’s Bazaar and Bendigo Bank.

The film THREE BLIND MICE marked Gracie’s debut as a feature film editor and won the FIPRESCI prize at the London Film Festival in 2008; she also worked as assistant editor on the feature documentary ROCKET COMPULSION.

In 2013 Gracie won the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards for Film and Video and in 2012 was the People’s Choice winner. In 2011 she won the InStyle & Audi Women of Style Scholarship and in 2009 Gracie was a finalist for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award and a British Council Realise Your Dream Grant.

View Gracie’s work on her site here.