Ian Darling

Ian Darling


Executive Director

Ian Darling is Executive Director of Shark Island Productions and the non-profit Shark Island Institute, and Chair and Moderator of Good Pitch² Australia.

He is an AFI award winning documentary filmmaker. His director and producer credits include Suzy & The Simple Man, Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, The Oasis, Polly and Me, Wall Boy, The Soldier, In The Company of Actors, Alone Across Australia, Woodstock for Capitalists and Stories From the Inside. He was also Executive Producer of How To Change The World and Last Cab To Darwin.

His most recent film — Suzy & The Simple Man — premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016.

Ian Darling is Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, and a Member of Impact Partners in New York. He is Founder and Patron of the Documentary Australia Foundation, and also Patron of The ArtsLab at the Upper River Hall, Kangaroo Valley.

He was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006–2010, founder and Managing Director of the Caledonia Investments group from 1992 to 2003, and has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Chair of The Oasis Youth Support Network.

He was a recipient of AbaF’s Business Arts 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 from the Australian National University.