After twice winning the 48 Hour Film Contest, Gerard Johnstone used some of the prize money to make a pilot for a high school comedy. Though the project ended up trapped in development, TV3 went on to screen two seasons of his award-winning comedy series The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In 2014 Johnstone’s first movie —horror comedy Housebound —  garnered near universal acclaim, and an offer to helm a remake for US company New Line. In 2016 Johnstone rebooted 80s series Terry and the Gunrunners. The online debut of Terry Teo won headlines, after it was judged too mature to screen in a children's slot.  

It's a Gothic comedy horror, which I guess is a strategic way of saying there's no zombies in it. I think it's the type of horror movie you could take your mother to. Gerard Johnstone describes his movie Housebound, on the SXSW website
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Terry Teo

2015, Director

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Housebound

2014, Writer, Editor, Director - Film

Described as “bloody brilliant” by horror legend Peter Jackson, Housebound follows a woman dealing with the triple threats of house arrest, potential ghosts, and having to live with her mother. Morgana O’Reilly (TV movie Safe House) is the criminal facing eight months home detention with an annoying Mum (Rima Te Wiata). Jaquie Brown Diaries director Gerard Johnstone’s film debut won near universal praise, and the remake rights sold to New Line in the US. Fangoria loved its mixture of "fantastic comedy" and mystery and it was nominated for ten Moas, including Best Film. 

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50 Years of New Zealand Television - Episode One

2010, Subject - Television

This is the opening episode of the Prime TV series celebrating 50 years of New Zealand television: from an opening night puppet show in Auckland in 1960, through to Outrageous Fortune five decades later. It traverses the medium's development and its major turning points (including the rise of programme-making and news, networking, colour and the arrival of TV3, Prime, NZ on Air, Sky and Māori Television) and interviews many of the major players. The changing nature of the NZ living room — always with the telly in pride of place as modern hearth — is a story within a story.

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The Jaquie Brown Odyssey - Brownward Spiral (Episode Seven)

2009, Director, Writer, Editor, Executive Producer, Creator - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for further delightful comic effect in the second series of The Jaquie Brown Diaries (renamed The Jaquie Brown Odyssey for DVD release). In the Qantas Award-winning TV3 satire Brown is an egomaniacal reporter looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. This episode sees Brown googling herself, and a late-night forum post sends her spiralling towards celebrity booze binge self-destruction on K Road. In her wake Auckland’s Metro social pages set are skewered with self-referential glee.

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The Jaquie Brown Diaries

2008 - 2009, Editor, Director, Writer - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for delightful comic effect in this hit TV3 satire. Former Campbell Live reporter Brown plays an egomaniacal journalist looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. Auckland's aspirational set: a cast of Metro social page alumni and wannabes, are skewered with self-referential glee. The second series was retitled for DVD release as The Jaquie Brown Odyssey; both series won acclaim and Best Comedy gongs at the Qantas Film and TV Awards. The Listener gushed: "A local sitcom that doesn't suck."  

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The Jaquie Brown Diaries - Brown Sweat (Episode Three)

2008, Director, Writer, Executive Producer, Creator - Television

TV personality Jaquie Brown plays (and plays up) herself for delightful comic effect in this hit TV3 satire. Brown plays an egomaniacal reporter looking to climb the media ladder any which way she can. Auckland's aspirational set: a cast of Metro social page alumni and wannabes, are skewered with self-referential glee. The show won Best Comedy at the 2009 Qantas Film and TV Awards. This episode sees Jaquie striving to exit Woman's Day's 'Plump it Hottie' section, appropriating a tampon, and performing in a celeb singalong.  

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A Fairly Good Tale

2005, Writer, Director

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Raise My Kids

2005 - 2006, Narrator

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Sione's Wedding

2005, As: Member of Derek's Crew - Film

Sione's Wedding is feel-good feature comedy about four 30-something guys who must each find a girlfriend before their best friend Sione's wedding — or be left out in the cold. Through the efforts of these bumbling blokes to get the girl(s) Sione's Wedding brought to life the colour and humour of New Zealand's urban Samoan community in Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world. A breakthrough PI-Kiwi film, Sione's broke box office records when it opened in cinemas throughout New Zealand in March 2006. Actor Oscar Kightley co-wrote with James Griffin.

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Special Crime Unit

2003, Producer, Writer, Director, Editor