About us

Joy House Productions is an entertainment based,

boutique company that founded arts projects:

the annual Joy House Film Festival, The Wong Side of Life

(anti- bullying & racism in schools) and many more. 

It also produces independent films (The Casting Game,

The Script of Life & currently in post production is –

Rhapsody of Love), workshops & events.


Joy Hopwood is a leader in the arts community with a background

in children’s television and education. Her work has been recognised

by The Australian, SMH, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times

newspapers and Film Ink & IF magazines.

Film Ink Joy House Film Festival 2018*

In 2012 Joy was interviewed by PJ Madam from SBS World News

about the importance of having diversity on Australian screens.

Diversity is an integral part of Joy’s work and she’s a proud

founding member of the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance’s Diversity

committee & is currently N.S.W.’s elected representative.


Joy’s background is in children’s television and started out as a

presenter on A.B.C. T.V’s Play School and appeared as a guest on

popular T.V. shows like: Good News Week, Home and Away,

A Country Practice, G.P. Media Watch and many more.

*Smh Joy Hopwood 2012 sml*

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree at Edith

Cowan University in Western Australia, Joy then moved to

Sydney permanently after successfully auditioning for

ABC’s Play School.


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 eighth reprint edition. Pearson Education

then approached Joy to have her story included for the Pearson

9 series Reflecting on Life and so did Jessie St Library & C.H.A.A.

for Chinese Australian’s Women’s Stories (2012).

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Growing up Asian


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 led to the Kindness is

For Free campaign, (an anti-racism and anti-bullying initiative)

in schools. This has been part of many annual Harmony Day events.

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

This is a short film festival showcasing short films of “joy”

and celebrating diversity. It’s the only short film festival in Australia,

supported by Actors Equity and the Media Entertainment Alliance

(Diversity Committee) and 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.

Joy was presented with an award by Ita Buttrose and then

Treasurer Joe Hockey M.P for a community award.


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

(New York), Lift of Film Festival, Lift Off Global, First Time Filmmakers,

and Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival (India).

It won best Australasian film at World Film Fair (New York) 2018.


In 2019, Joy’s second feature film, The Script of Life was made and made

her directorial debut.  A romantic comedy film about how life doesn’t go

according to a script and the sacrifices Lana (Erica Long) and Sam

(Callum Alexander) make for love, family and friendship. This film has 

won Best Romance Comedy at Amsterdam International Film Festival 2019,

European Cinematography Awards Finalist and World Film Fair Finalist

2019. This film has been distributed by Leomark Studios (L.A.) and Herflix

(New York) and is set for release on 31st May 2020 on Comcast (NBC

Universal), FandangoNow, Dish, Vibiquity, TubiTV, Kanopy, Cinedigm.

The Script Of Life Poster v sml*

Currently in post- production is, Rhapsody of Love, due for release in 2020. Producers Ana Tiwary (indiVisual Films) and Joy Hopwood are excited to produce the first Asian Australian Rom-Com with Asian leads following the tradition of Crazy Rich Asians with diversity in the forefront.

A modern Asian-Australian romantic comedy that features four couples whose lives intersect at a wedding, compelling them to juggle life’s pleasures, pain, friendship, dreams and love.


“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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