Gracie Otto is an accomplished Australian filmmaker, a graduate of Sydney Film School, with substantial credits as director, writer, editor and actress. Her acclaimed debut feature documentary, The Last Impresario, premiered at the 2013 London Film Festival, played at worldwide festivals and all major territories, and was nominated for the prestigious AACTA Best Documentary Award. It celebrates the life of producer Michael White who transformed British culture through shows like Oh Calcutta, Rocky Horror and Monty Python, and features interviews with everyone from Kate Moss to John Cleese and Yoko Ono.
Gracie is currently in post-production on a new feature documentary, Under the Volcano, about legendary music producer George Martin’s 1980s recording studio, built in the shadow of a volcano in the Caribbean, where the world’s biggest recording artists made the music and myth that defined an era. She is also currently filming a personal documentary, Otto on Otto, based on her relationship with her 80 year old father, legendary Australian actor Barry Otto. And most recently she was also Associate Producer of Nick Broomfield’s documentary Whitney Can I Be Me.
Recently Gracie made a very successful television directing debut, helming the second series of the six-part comedy series The Other Guy, starring Matt Okine, Harriet Dyer, Claudia Karvan and a host of Australian talent, which premiered to enthusiastic audience reaction on Stan, and has just come out on Hulu in the US.
Gracie has two feature films in development – Maybe The Moon, based on Armistead Maupin’s audacious novel, that tells the story of Cady, a female heterosexual Jewish dwarf trying to carve out an acting career in Hollywood; and the Screen Australia funded Girls In Hotels, a drama set in luxury hotels around the world, which is in development with Dollhouse Pictures, a company Gracie formed with fellow Australians Rose Byrne, Shannon Murphy, Krew Boylan and Jessica Carrera.
In 2019, after winning the North American Script Competition through Soho House in the US, Gracie directed and edited a new short film, Desert Dash, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Another short sequel is in the planning stages.
While living in Los Angeles, Gracie made a short film with Sean Penn to promote his novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, and also fulfilled an ambition by completing four courses in Stand Up Comedy and Improvisation at UCB, followed by a few exhilarating performances on the stand up circuit.
In the meantime Gracie is in demand as a director of TVC and online content including fashion films and commercials with Gigi Hadid for Maybelline NYC; a series of ads for iconic Australian underwear brand Bonds.
Her fashion films star some of the biggest celebrities in the industry – Selena Gomez, Elle Fanning, Amanda Seyfried, Elizabeth Debicki, Emilia Clarke, and international models Miranda Kerr, Abbey Lee and Barbara Palvin.
Gracie is repped by WME in the US.