About us

Joy House Productions is an entertainment based, boutique company which founded

The Joy House Film Festival and The Wong Side of Life. It also produces films,

workshops, events and independent theatre productions.


Joy Hopwood’s background is in children’s television, education and the arts. Her work has been

recognised by The Australian, SMH, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sunday Times newspapers

and Film Ink & IF magazines.


Film Ink Joy House Film Festival 2018


In 2012 she was interviewed by SBS World News about the importance of having diversity on

Australian television. Joy was not only a regular presenter on A.B.C. T.V’s Play School but

also appeared as a guest on popular T.V. shows like: Good News Week, Home and Away,

A Country Practice, G.P. New Dimensions, and English at Work.

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Joy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia,

and then moved to Sydney permanently after successfully auditioning for ABC’s Play School,

which has been one of many highlights of her life.



In 2010, Joy took part in Belvoir Company B’s sold out show, “Stories East and West,” and was asked

back for another season in 2011 and 2012.


Her autobiographical story has been included in Black Ink book’s, Growing Up Asian in Australia,

edited by Alice Pung, which is part of the HSC curriculum and tertiary studies for universities and

schools, now in its sixth reprint edition. Due to her popular contribution, Pearson Education

approached Joy to have her story included for the Pearson 9 series Reflecting on Life,

and was then asked to be a contributing writer for Chinese Australian’s Women’s Stories (2012).


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Growing up Asian


In 2012, Joy House Productions wrote & co-produced a comedic short film

The Colour of Change about stereotypes and social issues, highlighting the importance of not

judging people in society unless you’ve walked in their shoes.


This short film was selected as a finalist for the BEMAC short film festival 2013, Cinewest,

Women Media Arts and Film Festival 2013 (and won the Audience Choice Award),

Kanyahumari International Film Festival, India 2014, Lambing Flat Festival 2014 and

The Shire International Short Film Festival 2014, Florida’s Rendezvous Short Film Festival 2015

& 9th CMS Film Festival 2017 held in Lucknow, India and Geo Film Festival & Expocinema,

Belvedere, Padova in 2017.


Audience award


On March 25th, 2013, The Wong side of life, theatre play was successfully performed at

The Concourse Theatre with profits going to The Cancer Council, which Joy’s a proud

ambassador for.



The play received positive reviews which then led to the Kindness is For Free campaign,

which is an anti-racism and anti-bullying initiative in schools. This includes children’s

workshops which has taken part in many annual Harmony Day events.



On September 14th, 2013, The Joy House Film Festival was launched.

This is a short film festival featuring short films with a main theme of “joy” and sub theme of

diversity, giving a platform for emerging film makers in Australia and overseas. It’s the only

short film festival in Australia, supported by Actors Equity and the Media Entertainment

Alliance (Diversity Committee). It gives prizes for best film, best Youth film, best Diversity film

and also best Women’s film.


In 2009 & 2013, Joy’s philanthropy and community work was recognised for the prestigious

Australian of the Year Awards where she has been nominated twice and for the local community

awards. Here Joy was presented with an award by Ita Buttrose and then Treasurer Joe Hockey M.P.





Joe Hockey, Joy and Ita Buttrose (Community Awards)


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Joy has been emcee for many events including International Women’s Day at Westfield (2016)

and International Women’s Day, organised by the Worker’s Union in Sydney city where 800+

people attended, and Walk for Respect (18 C) in 2015 and 2017.


In 2017, the feature film  The Casting Game  was made – written / produced by Joy Hopwood

and directed by Pearl Tan.


The Casting Game has been selected for Hollywood Screenings Film Festival & Hollywood

Verge Film Awards and World Film Fair, Lift of Film Festival thus far.

It won best Australasian film at World Film Fair 2018.
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Joy did an interview in 2018 with Michael Wang (Swinbourne University) with Alice Pung

& Aileen Huynh about diversity and the media & entertainment industry.



Video link  Writers Actors Talk



Currently in production is Joy’s second feature film, The Script of Life.  A romantic comedy film

about how life doesn’t go according to a script and the sacrifices the main characters make

for love and friendship.

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“Making a difference in people’s lives is an ongoing goal of mine,

by ‘creating’ work with life messages, whether it be in film, literature,

theatre or the visual arts. I would like to continue creating in this way

in hope for social change – for a better, kinder community.”

(Joy Hopwood)




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