Gracie Otto is one of Australia’s most respected young filmmakers as a director, writer, editor and actress. She is the daughter of theatre actor Barry Otto and sister of film and television actress Miranda. However Gracie’s success has been predominantly on the other side of the camera since completing an Advanced Diploma in Film at the renowned Sydney Film School in 2006.
Gracie’s acclaimed documentary THE LAST IMPRESARIO, which celebrates the life of British producer and playboy Michael White, had its world premiere at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival, receiving great reviews from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Featuring interviews with 60 of his close friends and associates including Naomi Watts, Anna Wintour, John Cleese, Lorne Michaels, Kate Moss, Barry Humphries and Yoko Ono, the film has now screened at major festivals around the world, had theatrical release in the UK, Italy, Canada and Australia, and is on VOD Platforms in the USA. The Last Impresario was nominated for the prestigious Australian Academy AACTA Awards for Best Feature Documentary.
Gracie specializes in cinematic short fashion films for international magazines and major companies. In 2016 in Los Angeles she directed a WARHOL inspired homage with Selena Gomez, PRANK CALLS with teen actress Elle Fanning, and ABC with Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke for Vogue magazine, and a short film CANDY CRUSH with popular rapper Brooke Candy. In late 2015 she directed MYSTIQUE in LA with international model Miranda Kerr for Harper’s Bazaar, and celebrity Lara Worthington at Woodstock NY also for Harpers. Previous fashion work includes POWER OF ONE with Miranda Kerr for Harper’s Bazaar; PHOENIX RISING with Abbey Lee Kershaw for Russh magazine and FASHION LUST for Westfield. Gracie’s films have been screened and won major awards at international film fashion festivals including People’s Choice.
In the last two years in Australia, Gracie developed an impressive slate of television commercials for major clients including Mimco’s MISTRESS ELEMENTAL, a campaign TODAY I AM for Westfield Australia, with Lara Worthington in New York and rising stars Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Thomas Cocquerel in Sydney. Other major clients include Virgin Australia, Hesta Superannuation, Impulse Perfume, Bendigo Bank’s MASTERCHEF series; a stop motion films for the Daily Edited and Southcape Cheese; online broker Bell Direct’s A NIGHT TO REMEMBER; and the award winning WHO AM I for Perth Zoo. For Sony she directed the SHAKE THAT video with Samantha Jade in Sydney featuring Pitbull in Miami.
Gracie’s five short films SEAMSTRESS, LA MEME NUIT, TANGO TROIS, BROKEN BEAT and KILL BLONDES have all won awards and screened internationally. Other short form work includes French New Wave inspired trailer BREATHLESS for Flickerfest FF and a series of web films in France for interior designer Francois Champsaur – PARFUM DE REGRETS, LA CARBANE and YEARLING which feature Champsaur’s designs.
Gracie is also an accomplished writer, editor and actress. She has had leading roles in three Australian features – THREE BLIND MICE (2008), an acclaimed film with Jackie Weaver which she also edited, which went on to win the BFI London Film Festival Critics Prize after having its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival and being highly commended at the Sydney Film Festival. Other feature films include LBF co-starring Toby Schmitz, which premiered at SXSW and the Sydney Film Festival; and she played Edie Sedgwick in a remake of Warhol’s POOR LITTLE RICH GIRLS 2. In 2014 Gracie curated and wrote a week-long Twitter drama for BBC FIRST Australia’s newest arts channel.
Gracie was a finalist in the 2014 Asia Pacific New Documentary and Outstanding New Australian Documentary Talent Award. In 2013 she won the prestigious Qantas SOYA Film Category for her body of work, including a mentorship with Robert Luketic director of Legally Blonde. She won the 2011 Audi & InStyle Women of Style Scholarship that champions the most influential women working in business and the arts in Australia. In 2010 Gracie was a finalist for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award. She received the Chairman’s Award on graduation from Sydney Film School. Gracie also represented Australia in futsal soccer in New Zealand, Canada and Greece, and represented NSW in the 2004 Australian Softball Championships.
Gracie is one of Australia’s A-List celebrities and has an extensive portfolio of social, charity and ambassador roles which include high-end brand associations including Mulberry, G-Star, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Acne, Hermes, Audi, Grey Goose and Moet & Chandon. With her considerable public profile Gracie has also attracted thousands of followers on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Gracie has a number of film projects in various stages of development through her own company Ralf Films and a new company, Dollhouse Pictures, in partnership with Rose Byrne, Jess Carrera, Krew Boylan and Shannon Murphy. These include GIRLS IN HOTELS a feature drama set in a simultaneous time zone in hotels around the world and RUE DE TOURNONa coproduction set in Paris and Sydney that follows the wild love adventures of two young Aussie girls.