Gracie Otto is an Australian filmmaker – director, writer, editor and actress.
She is the daughter of actor Barry Otto and sister of actress Miranda Otto. Gracie graduated from Sydney Film School with an Advanced Diploma in Film in 2007. Her five short films – Seamstress, La Meme Nuit, Tango Trois, Broken Beat and Kill Blondes – have screened successfully internationally at many festivals including Palm Springs, London, Berlin, LA, Tokyo and Paris and in Australia at Sydney’s Flickerfest and Melbourne’s St Kilda Film Festivals.
Gracie’s debut feature documentary The Last Impresario about British producer and playboy Michael ‘Chalky’ White had its world premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival and received glowing reviews from Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Featuring interviews with 60 of his close friends and associates including Naomi Watts, Anna Wintour, John Cleese, Kate Moss, Barry Humphries and Yoko Ono, the film celebrates the legendary man who transformed British culture through his many productions including Oh! Calcutta, Rocky Horror, Dame Edna and Monty Python. The film has been acquired by international sales agent Dogwoof and will have theatrical releases in Australia, Italy Canada and the UK in 2014.
In 2013 Gracie joined Filmgraphics Entertainment to direct her first television and website commercials including 30 and 60 second TVCs for Bendigo Bank; a 2-minute ultra-stylish fable Fashion Lust for Westfield; and a quirky 15 second comedy, Who Am I on the squirrel monkey for Perth Zoo which was listed in Best Ads.
Recent international collaborations include webfilms for iconic French interior architect Francois Champsaur who commissions her regularly to create films to promote his designs in stunning locations – Parfum de Regrets at a luxury hotel in Paris, La Cabane for a beach house in Marseilles; and Yearling for a millionaire’s horse auction room in Deauville. Previous short-form work includes two French New Wave inspired trailers for Flickerfest Film Festival.
Gracie is also an accomplished actor with leading roles in three Australian feature films – Three Blind Mice, LBF, Living Between F**cks, and recently the role of Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick in Poor Little Rich Girls. Three Blind Mice also marked her debut as a feature film editor.
Gracie has been recognised by her peers with industry awards including winning the 2013 Qantas SOYA Film Award including an LA mentorship with Legally Blonde director Robert Luketic; the 2012 SOYA Film People’s Choice Award; the 2011 InStyle & Audi Scholarship; and has been a finalist for the Inside Film Rising Talent Award, British Council Realise Your Dreams and twice for SOYA.
In 2014 she was named as one of eight iconic Australian personalities chosen to celebrate Sportscraft’s 100th Anniversary. Other celebrity, charity and ambassador associations include Audi, Mimco, Royal Randwick Racing, Disaronno Mixing Star, John Jameson and Lipsy.
A keen sportwoman, Gracie represented Australia in Futsal (indoor soccer) in New Zealand, Canada and Greece, and represented NSW in the 2004 Australian Softball Championships.
Gracie is currently in development on two feature dramas, Girls In Hotels and Rue De Tournon.
She is represented as a filmmaker by The Yellow Agency; in advertising by Filmgraphics Entertainment; as an actor by United Management; and the Carrera Press Agency.
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