About Gary Johnstone
Gary Johnstone is a Director and Producer renowned for his often complex and challenging, large-scale factual TV projects.
They include the Primetime Emmy nominated James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck which entailed multiple submarine trips to the wreck of the warship 15,000 feet below the surface of the Atlantic. Gary also directed all the drama sequences onboard the USS North Carolina with 100 degrees NC standing in for the freezing North Atlantic!
Similar feats were pulled off to create the series Alien Deep featuring Dr Bob Ballard, the discoverer of the Titanic.
His hugely popular show The Battle of Hood and Bismarck mounted a successful mission to locate the wreck of the giant British warship, HMS Hood.
While these titans of telly always kept the people at the heart of the stories front and centre, Gary Johnstone's smaller, more intimate shows have garnered just as much attention and awards. J'accuse Citizen Kane featuring Robert McKee won the BAFTA for Best Arts Program. J'accuse Van Gogh featuring Griselda Pollock was nominated for a Royal Television Award. J The controversial Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial won the prestigious Peabody Award and was honoured with an Award by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Gary is also very proud of his work on Phil Spencer's Stately Homes, Ben Fogle's New Lives in the Wild and David Hasselhof's Nat Geo Special On the Berlin Wall.
At present Gary is working as an Edit Producer while developing his own projects.
Gary's latest personal project is a series of shorts and a compliation feature doc - Every Day People - that are the antithesis of his former larger scale work. They are short interview films with people who are dedicated to their own daily devotion, process, craft or passion. It is an ongoing series that aims to give space for new voices, new ideas. For him it is a way to return to the immediacy and simplicity that was his first fascination: seeing, hearing and feeling people talk.