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 produces plays,

films, art projects, workshops, events, children’s animations and theatre productions.

In 2017, Joy House Productions is teaming up with Pearly Productions to make a comedy

film, written by Joy Hopwood (Directed by Pearl Tan) called, The Casting Game.

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

recognised by “The Australian,” “The Daily Telegraph,” and “The Sunday Times” newspapers.

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

has had guest roles on “Good News Week,” “Home and Away,” “A Country Practice,” “G.P.”

“New Dimensions,” and “English at Work.”

 

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. It’s now in its fifth reprint edition. Due to her popular contribution, Pearson Education

approached Joy to have her story included for the “Pearson 9” series and was then asked to be a

contributing writer for “Chinese Australian’s Women’s Stories” (2012).

 

 

In 2012, Joy House Productions worked with Pearly Productions on a comedic short film

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

judging people in society unless you’ve walked in their shoes also The Wong Side of Life.

 

Their films were selected as a finalist for the BEMAC short film festival 2013, Cinewest, Women Media Arts

and Film Festival 2013 (and won Audience Choice Award), Kanyahumari International Film Festival,

India 2014, Lambing Flat Festival 2014 and The Shire International Short Film Festival 2014 and

Florida’s Rendezvous Short Film Festival 2015 & 9thCMS Film Festival 2017 held in Lucknow, India.

 

 

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

The Concourse Theatre. Profits went to The Cancer Council, which Joy is a proud ambassador for.

 

 

The play received rave reviews and due to the positive response from the audience, Joy

House Productions has launched the “Kindness is for Free” campaign (an anti-racism

and anti-bullying initiative) into schools, which includes children’s workshops. This has

been included in many Harmony Day events.

 

 

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

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 is the only

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

Alliance (Diversity Committee) & Women in Theatre & Screen (Social Media Partner). It gives

prizes for not only best film, but also best Youth film,  Hoyts People’s Choice, best Diversity film

but also best W.I.T.S. (Women in Theatre & Screen) film.

 

“Making a difference in people’s lives for the better, is an ongoing goal of mine in all forms of my work,

whether it be for charity or creatively.”

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

Joe Hockey, Joy and Ita Buttrose (Community Awards)

 

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She was emcee for International Women’s Day 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) for 2015 and 2017.

 

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