Johanna B. Kelly is a Melbourne nativeFilmmaker and multi-disciplinary Designer for feature films, music videos and commercials working in Melbourne & New York. Credits comprise producing, writing and directing award winning eco foodie documentary The Gateway Bug (84mins, USA) 2018, a feature film on global food security starring TV chef Andrew Zimmern, and 7 feature films as Production Designer, including cult indie Like Lambs (86mins, USA) 2017, starring Liam Aiken and Justin Chon, shot on 35mm (Atlanta Film Festival & Boston Int. Film Festival). 

Prior to moving to NYC, Johanna was Exhibition Designer for the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia. Designing over 35 exhibitions, spearheading a sustainable materials programs and children specific labels and galleries at both Fed Square and St Kilda Rd sites, while simultaneously earning a Masters Degree in Interior Design from RMIT University. 

Working with Frieze Art Fair, NYC 2014-2016, Johanna went on to design the 2017 IFPDA Print Fair in New York, coordinating it's move after 25 years from the Park Avenue Armory to the Javits Center. Later in the year Johanna took part as invited guest in Napa Valley Film Festival's 2017 "Artist-In-Residence" program where The Gateway Bug was in core competition, undertaking a series of Oscar award winner led masterclasses. With a television show and 2 films in the works, Johanna's interior design practice is also developing 3 projects in Melbourne, the first, a bar in South Yarra due for late 2018. Striving towards a sustainable design practice; environmentally motivated to change the world through interiors, art and film.  Get in touch here.


Currently screening on Emirates and Hong Kong AirlinesThe Gateway Bug  world premiered at Santa Barbara Int. Film Festival in 2017. Following the dramatic rise and fall of edible insect start-ups, exposing America’s disconnect with food as climate catastrophe, while uncovering daily habits people can change at home to fix our broken food system, one meal at a time. Screening at more than 20 int. film festivals, it's spent over a year on the festival circuit, receiving a: 

- 'Special Menzione' at the Milano Int. Film Festival Awards
- the American Conservation Film Festival 'Green Spark Award'
- 'Best Environmental Documentary' at Melbourne Doc Film Fest
- Impact DOCS 'Award of Excellence', Bonita Springs Int. Film Fest ‘Audience Award’ and
- 'Best Documentary' nom at Napa Valley Film Fest and Oscar qualifying, Nashville Film Festival

And has enjoyed an educational run in schools across America, giving thousands of students from Minnesota, to Detroit, Santa Barbara to Vail and the Napa Valley, the chance to hear filmmaker Q&A stories, eat bugs and learn from watching.

This October it premieres in Prague at the Life Sciences Film Festival, 2018.

Feature Films

The Gateway Bug - The Gateway Bug LLC  [Director, Co-Producer, Co-writer and Designer] 
Relic - Carver Films [Set Designer]
Pitching Tents - Meritage Pictures  [Production Designer]
Landing Up - Bold Compass Films [Production Designer]
Don't Sleep
(formerly The Other) -
Minds I Cinema
[Set Decorator]
Cabin Fear
(formerly Seclusion) -
Joe Bandelli Productions  
[Production Designer] 
Like Lambs -
The Prospekt Group  
[Associate Producer, Production Designer]
The Opposite Sex - Woodhaven Productions
[Set Decorator & On-set Dresser]

Short Films

Dinosaur - FDC films    
 [AD, AP, Production Designer]
Delivery Boy -
Delivery Boy Productions 
[Co-Producer, Co-writer, Production Designer]

Mirrors and Ghosts -
Tara Violet Niami 
[Production Designer]
Dark Room - Quill Film
[Art Director]


Dan Murphy's,
Father's Day, 2018
[Production Designer]

My Lagos, My Way, 2016
Studio Matter
[Production Designer]

GE Reveal, 2016
Vayner Media
[Set Decorator ]

OTG for LAX, 2016
[Art Director]

Philosophy Skincare, 2016
CVLT Productions
[Set Decorator ]

Hawthorne, launch campaign, 2016
Hawthorne for Men
[Art Director]

Zazen Bear, holiday campaign Winter, 2015
Studio Matter    
[Production Designer]

24 Hubert St, 2015
Marshad Productions    
[Art Director]


Family Food Fight S2, 2018 
Channel 9 

Music Videos

Deathless Light 
[Art Director]
KAZIAN - Sparks
[Art Director]
UNA LUX Somewhere
[Art Director]
UNA LUX - Simon
[Art Director]

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