Brisbane-based director and writer Johnny Moubarak is passionate about portraying diverse and underrepresented stories. His filmmaking gravitates to creating compellingly rich, honest, and intimate stories by combining authentic point of view with a focus on visually striking imagery.
With a passion for adventure and travel, Johnny loves the opportunity to hunt down the most obscure and interesting people and places. This has allowed him to work extensively throughout Australia and the Pacific region shooting TVCs, docos and music videos. Johnny has directed for brands such as Heineken (SPB), Samoa Tourism, Kina Bank, BSP Bank, Sony and Warner Music.
Johnny is currently in development for his TV drama series, called Arabian Surfer which was chosen for Screen Queensland's Bradford Winters Series Lab in 2021. In 2022, he was selected to be part of AFTRS QLD Talent Camp and the Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG) ‘Local To Global Director Development Initiative.’
Outside of filmmaking, Johnny is also a seasoned restaurateur. A family run business, Johnny and his brother have operated award-winning restaurant, Gerard’s Bistro (Gourmet Traveller Top 50, The Weekend Australian’s Hot 50, Financial Review – Best Restaurant Queensland).
His love of film and food has inspired him to develop a documentary series, called Aleph Kitchen, about Australia’s diverse older migrant women sharing their extraordinary stories through food.
Whether it be through food or film, Johnny believes there’s always a story to be found and takes responsibility to tell it in its most authentic form.Close