Jo-anne McGowan, along with Director / Producer Jennifer Peedom, established Stranger Than Fiction Films in 2015, a boutique production company that specialises in international feature documentaries, blue chip series and IMAX.
She is an Emmy® nominated producer who has worked independently for more than 20 years, specialising in documentary across all genres, with a particular passion for the arts.
Jo-anne is currently producing a 4-part series for SBS called Australia in Colour which colourises black and white archival film from the beginning of cinema to the 1970s in Australia.
In 2017 Jo-anne produced with Jen Peedom the feature documentary Mountain – a collaboration with the world’s best adventure filmmakers and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, which had a sell-out live performance tour nationally. Mountain as a stand-alone feature documentary was one of the highest grossing documentaries at the Australian box office and has had theatrical releases in the US and the UK amongst other territories.
Jo-anne also produced David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema a blue-chip arts feature doc and TV series with Transmission Films & the ABC which was nominated in 2018 for an International Emmy Award, the feature version A Cinematic Life was invited to screen in Cannes Classics in 2017.