A daughter's love letter to a national treasure and the race to capture his memories before they disappear.


May 23, 2024 – Stan, Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, today announced the Stan Original Documentary, Revealed: Otto By Otto, directed by Gracie Otto celebrating her father Australian theatre and film icon Barry Otto, will premiere June 16, only on Stan. 

Revealed: Otto By Otto recently announced as a finalist for the Documentary Australia Award at the Sydney Film Festival, is a rare insight into the true artist Barry Otto, a one of a kind creative, endearing and extremely eccentric personality. Director Gracie Otto was inspired to film a deeply personal, artistic and cinematic reflection of her father’s life in this feature length documentary, whose successful career in Australian theatre, film and television has spanned more than 50 years. 

Barry Otto with Cate Blanchett and Jason Clarke performing 'The Tempest' in 1995 (photo credit: Heidrun Löhr)
Barry Otto with Cate Blanchett and Jason Clarke performing 'The Tempest' in 1995 (photo credit: Heidrun Löhr)

Revealed: Otto By Otto captures the essence of the bookends of Barry’s life, as a child from a lower working-class family spending his first 35 years in Brisbane, following his dream of an acting career, to the man now in his twilight years. Gracie presents intimate observations of her father as he faces the challenges of encroaching dementia and introduces the complex themes of ageing, the human spirit, family and the artist. ​ ​ 

Revealed: Otto By Otto looks at the world through Barry’s eyes and is a dizzying visual journey dotted with iconic roles from his brilliant career and delves deep into Barry’s broad repertoire of work, the characters he inhabited and how they shaped his career, from Harry Joy in Bliss to Doug in Strictly Ballroom and Roy in Cosi. The documentary features audio interviews with Barry’s collaborators and echelons of the Australian theatre and film world including Gillian Armstrong, Ray Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, John Bell and Miranda Otto who all reflect on working with Barry over his illustrious career in the industry. 

Barry Otto on stage for Kreutzer Sonata at State Theatre Company of South Australia (2013)
Barry Otto on stage for Kreutzer Sonata at State Theatre Company of South Australia (2013)

Stan Chief Content Officer, Cailah Scobie said: “We are so proud to add this inspired and moving feature length documentary to our Revealed slate of uniquely Australian stories. Gracie Otto delivers powerful storytelling, exhibiting the incredible depth and breadth of one of Australia’s most beloved actors. We thank producers Nicole O'Donohue and Cody Greenwood for their dedication to this documentary and to our partners Screen Australia and Screen NSW.” 

Director Gracie Otto said: “I am so thrilled to be bringing this film to the world, its a deeply personal reflection of my father and also a tribute to some of his greatest work. Also to work alongside Cody, Nicole and Karen (writer/editor) who have been part of all the documentaries I’ve made has felt like family which has been so important for a film of this nature.” 

Producers Nicole O’Donohue and Cody Greenwood said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work with Gracie, Barry and the Otto family on this very personal film. We admire Gracie’s courage in telling such a moving and intimate story and feel that its message of hope and visibility for families enduring the same path is an important one. We’re also thrilled to be able to showcase Barry’s enviable artistic accomplishments against the backdrop of Sydney’s vibrant arts & filmmaking scene across many decades. We hope audiences find inspiration in his love for the arts, and the importance of a life dedicated to creativity. Thank you to Stan for supporting us and our incredible team of creatives who contributed to the film.”

Revealed: Otto By Otto is directed by Gracie Otto (Stan Original Series The Other Guy) and produced by Nicole O’Donohue (Stan Original Series Exposure) and Cody Greenwood (Stan Original Documentary Revealed- Renee Gracie: Fireproof). 

Revealed: Otto By Otto is produced by Stan with principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with Screen NSW. Stan Executive producers are Cailah Scobie and Amanda Duthie.

The Stan Original Documentary Revealed: Otto By Otto premieres June 16, only on Stan. ​

​For more information, contact Stan Publicity: stan.publicity@stan.com.au

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