Ian Darling is Executive Chair and Founder of Shark Island Institute in Sydney. He is an award winning social impact documentary filmmaker.
His Director and Producer credits include PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME, SUZY & THE SIMPLE MAN, THE OASIS, POLLY & ME, WALL BOY, THE SOLDIER, IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA, WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS and STORIES FROM THE INSIDE. He was Executive Producer of HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, LAST CAB TO DARWIN, and UNREST.
He is currently Directing and Producing a new feature documentary, THE GENESIS. He is also an Executive Producer of BRAINIACS, 2040, THE 4TH ESTATE, FLY and the UNTITLED HOLLYWOOD ASSAULT MOVIE, all currently in production.
He is Founder, Chair and Moderator of Good Pitch² Australia, and is currently working with 19 social impact documentaries and outreach campaigns, with films including THAT SUGAR FILM, GAYBY BABY, ZACH’S CEREMONY, PRISON SONGS, THE HUNTING GROUND, FRACKMAN, CONSTANCE ON THE EDGE, WHITELEY and BLUE.
Ian Darling has been Chair of The Caledonia Foundation since 2001, and was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Caledonia Investments from 1992 to 2003.
He is a Member of the Impact Partners Advisory Board in New York. He is Founder and Patron (and former Chair) of the Documentary Australia Foundation, and is also Patron of the ArtsLab, Kangaroo Valley. He was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006-2010. He has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Chair of The Oasis Youth Support Network, and Member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board.
He is a Life Patron of the Sydney Theatre Company, a Building Founder and Gold Benefactor of the Art Gallery of NSW, a Benefactor of the National Portrait Gallery Canberra, a Governor of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Visionary Supporter of St. Vincent’s Curran Foundation and an Eminent Member of the Geelong Grammar School Foundation.
He was named Australia’s Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia in 2017. He was a recipient of the Creative Partnerships Australia Business Leadership Award, and his homeless film project THE OASIS was named one of ‘Australia’s Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of All Time.’
He received the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary, is a Walkley Awards Finalist, and has been nominated for numerous Australian Directors Guild, AFI, Film Critics and IF awards. His photographs have been finalists in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, the Sydney Life Photography Prize, and the Head On Portrait Prize.
He has a MBA from IMD Switzerland, and a BA (Acc.) from the Australian National University.