Our Team: Ian Darling

Ian Darling AO

Ian Darling is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He is Executive Chair of Shark Island Institute in Sydney.

His Director and Producer credits include The Final Quarter, Paul Kelly – Stories of Me, The Oasis, Suzy & the Simple Man, In the Company of Actors, Alone Across Australia, Woodstock for Capitalists, Polly & Me, and The Soldier. He is an Executive Producer of Toxic Labor, 2040, The Fourth Estate, The Bleeding Edge, Unrest, Inventing Tomorrow and How to Change the World. 

He was Founder and Moderator of Good Pitch Australia, and has worked with 19 social impact documentaries and outreach campaigns, with films including 2040, The Hunting Ground, That Sugar Film, Gayby Baby, Prison Songs, Frackman, Zach’s Ceremony, The Opposition, Whiteley, Ghosthunter and BLUE.

Ian Darling has been Chair of The Caledonia Foundation since 2001. He is a Member of the Impact Partners Advisory Board in New York, and is Founder and Patron (and former Chair) of Documentary Australia Foundation.

He received the Byron Kennedy Award for innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence at the 2018 AACTA Awards. Ian has received the AFI/AACTA Award for Best Direction in a Documentary, is a Walkley Awards Finalist, a Film Critics Award winner, and has been nominated for numerous Australian Directors Guild, AFI, SPAA 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 was named Australia’s Leading Philanthropist by Philanthropy Australia in 2017. He is 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.’

In 2018 Ian Darling was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to documentary film production, to the performing arts, education and community engagement, and to social welfare organisations through philanthropic endeavours.

He has a MBA from IMD Switzerland, and a BA (Acc.) from the Australian National University.

Director/Producer: Shark Island Institute

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