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Gerard Johnstone

Director, Writer

After twice winning the 48Hours film contest, Gerard Johnstone used some of the prize money to make a pilot for a comedy. Though the project went nowhere, TV3 went on to screen two seasons of his award-winning comedy The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In 2014 Johnstone’s first movie — horror comedy Housebound — garnered acclaim, awards and interest from America. In 2016 Johnstone rebooted 80s series Terry and the Gunrunners as Terry Teo. The show's online debut won headlines, after it was judged too mature to screen in a children's slot. Johnstone's second feature is Blumhouse horror movie M3gan, from an idea by James Wan.  

I love movies which are stuffed full of multiple genres, plot twists and big reveals, but it was paralyzingly difficult to write one of them. I guess because I knew it would all take place in a single location, I wanted the story to be anything but simple. Gerard Johnstone on making sure his movie Housebound had lots of twists and turns, Nerdist website, 23 October 2014