After getting a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester (UK) in Visual Anthropology, Henry Astor began his film career at the BBC in London in 1996. He came to New York in 1998 to produce a documentary for PBS called Bobby Darin: Beyond The Song. He went on to produce Patti Page: The Singing Rage for PBS in the same year.
From 1999 to 2001 Henry worked as a visual anthropologist for The Insight Works where he produced many documentaries for advertising agencies and their clients.
From 2001 to 2007 Henry was the director of the American Hot Rod Foundation where he filmed over 150 hot rod pioneers, collecting 450 hours of footage; produced many biographies and two full length documentaries (Deuce 2007; Slingshot 2006); and collected and catalogued over 20,000 hot rod photos.
In 2008 Henry set up Astor Motor Productions in order to produce auto-related content. The company produces an annual hot rod and music event in Nashville called the Music City Motor Jam. Through the development of a TV pilot on returning soldiers and hot rods (Mission: Bonneville), Henry became interested in the subject of trauma and PTSD. After meeting Dr. Ronald Ruden, a pioneer in the treatment of trauma and PTSD, Henry began work on the documentary, Hidden In Plain Sight, about the effects and prevalence of trauma in the US.
Henry has also produced an award winning claymation (Boiling Point, 1996) walked through Cameroon photographing the Fulani, lived on an Aboriginal reservation for a year in 1991 and has driven both his 1932 Ford roadster and 1932 Ford sedan across country.