A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE MAN WHO CHANGED BRITISH CULTURE, ONE SHOW AT A TIME.
Gracie’s Otto’s vibrant bio-doc of Michael White – playboy, bon vivant and the man who transformed Britain’s cultural scene in the 1970s hits the BFI London Film Festival on 13th October, 2013.
Michael White might just be the most famous person you’ve never heard of. The London theatre and film impresario, produced over 200 shows and movies over the last 50 years. Bringing to the stage the risqué productions of Oh! Calcutta!, The Rocky Horror Show and to the screen Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, as well as introducing Merce Cunningham, Pina Bausch and Yoko Ono to London audiences, he irrevocably shaped the cultural scene of the 1970s London. Fondly known as 'Chalky' by his friends, he is now in his late seventies and still enjoys partying like there’s no tomorrow. In this intimate documentary, filmmaker Gracie Otto introduces us to this larger-than-life phenomenon.
Featuring interviews with 50 of his closest friends including Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, John Waters and Barry Humphries and, of course, the man himself. Otto pays a vibrant tribute to a fascinating entertainer, creative nurturer, collaborator, and his career.
Writer, Director, Cinematographer, Co-Producer: Gracie Otto
Producer: Nicole O'Donohue
Editor: Karen Johnson
Director, Actress, Editor
This film was shot at the very cool Hotel du Ministere which is five minutes from the Champs Elysee. The new contemporary design created by Francois Champsaur is super stylish and Inspired by his design, I created a scenario about a young woman revisiting the hotel where she met her lover, but who has since died. A colleague, French director Diasteme, wrote a poem Vue D’Une Blonde which I used as a voice-over narrative for the film and Julien Honore, one of France’s hottest young film actors – and brother to the supremely talented Christophe Honore – agreed to play The Lover opposite me as The Blonde. The result is a beautiful and painful homage to love lost, and a short film of which I am very proud!
Chaotic Pictures and John Jameson Productions
A beautiful seamstress is observed feeding and luring birds into her home by her elderly bird-loving neighbour. As he is drawn into her strange and exotic world, he discovers that the birds hold the key to a future he could never have imagined.
Barry Otto stars as the concierge of a grand apartment building where he closely observes and stage manages the lives of its residents as if they are all members of his extended family. However, one night when some of the younger members become involved in a series of complicated liaisons, he believes they should be taught a lesson!
Tango Trois is my award winning thesis film from Sydney Film School. It has screened successfully in many festivals in Australia and internationally including Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, Palm Springs and Cannes. Students were limited to 10 minutes of film stock to create thesis films - a rigorous exercise in filmmaking.
Will and Jacob are lovers but are worlds apart. Will is a golden boy, tall, fair, and accustomed to success. He is loved by his family, has "come out" to his parents, but conceals his homosexuality from his colleagues. Jacob on the other had is as dark as Will is fair, of a large hardworking Italian family who could never accept his homosexuality.
Kill Blondes is a short video metafilm made for the English Extension 2 HSC subject. It is densely referenced intertextually with signature visuals appropriated from the iconic cult films of Kubrick, Madonna and Tarantino. Through postmodern pastiche, fragmentation and film language the film explores the psychologically complex and imaginative journeys of a young Australasian schoolgirl coming to terms with her awakening sexuality and independence. Her journey is shown through a triptych of chapters
(director, writer, editor, actress)
The concept to launch Autumn Winter 2013 for Westfield Premium centres involved creating a short fashion film directed by Gracie Otto featuring fashion blogger Candice Lake and sports star David Williams. Tributing the classic fantasy Little Red Riding Hood, the narrative for the film was based on fashion lust and obsession.
FASHION LUST – Director, Editor
TVC 2 mins 2013 Australia
Cast: Candice Lake, David Williams
Producer: Baker Brand
Director: Gracie Otto
Client: Perth Zoo
Producer: Anna Fawcett, Filmgraphics Entertainment
Can you guess which animals at Perth Zoo are playing a game of Who Am I?
Writer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer
My role as the 2010 Royal Randwick Ambassador gave me a little insight into the passion surrounding the world of racing … and the early start to the day! So I set off at 5am for a long train trip from Paris to Deauville to film a horse auction at Arqana, one of the world’s largest auctions for thoroughbred yearlings. This beautifully designed auction showroom by Francois Champsaur is so theatrical I could easily imagine Cate Blanchett or Judy Davis or my Dad making an entrance from one of the wings – instead I was enthralled by the most magnificent thoroughbred horses!
Writer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer
Francois’ own beach house in Marseilles was the location of this film. Inspired by Wim Wenders’ amazing documentary Pina I invited the supremely talented Katharina Christl, Principal Dancer at Ballet National de Marseilles to choreograph a dance video through the house. Francois believes in allowing the space to become a living creation in design and this collaboration was beyond inspiring! After a rainy day shooting interiors we were blown away by a glorious pink sunset over the Mediterranean, with dark storm clouds and lightning strikes as a backdrop to Katharina’s dance finale on the open balcony!
These are two thirty second trailers for the 2009 Flickerfest Film Festival. The brief was to create a campaign based on the French New Wave - we chose Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless. The trailer was used to promote the touring component of the festival, click on the images below to view the YouTube clips.
(Co-Director, Co-Writer, Actress)