Producer & Director
Ian Darling is Executive Director of Shark Island Productions and the Shark Island Institute, and Chair of Good Pitch2 Australia.
He is an AFI award winning documentary filmmaker. His director and producer credits include PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME (about singer, songwriter, poet and quiet social justice advocate Paul Kelly), THE OASIS (a film about the crisis in Australia's homeless youth), POLLY AND ME (the harrowing tale of child abuse and neglect, seen through the eyes of an 8 year old girl), THE SOLDIER (the story of a volunteer, dedicated to his social worker for over 50 years), IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS (a filmabout the creation of theatre - featuring Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Robyn Nevin), ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA (a story about extreme adventurer Jon Muir, who takes his dog for a very long walk) and WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS (featuring investors and philanthropists Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger).
These films all have extensive education, outreach and community engagement programs, and are developed as part of broader initiatives to educate and make a significant social impact.
He recently produced STORIES FROM THE INSIDE, in collaboration with Igniting Change, about a group of young first time offenders in a maximum-security prison in Melbourne. He is currently directing and producing OUR LITTLE GARDEN, a documentary about environmental sustainability and survival in a remote country community, and in development with ASYLUM, a documentary initiative focusing on the human rights tragedy of asylum seekers looking for a new home ‘across the seas’ in Australia and other safe havens around the world.
Ian Darling is a Member of Impact Partners in New York. He is the founder and Patron of the Documentary Australia Foundation, a philanthropic initiative supporting the documentary film industry in Australia, and recipient of the Stanley Hawes Award in 2013. He is Chair of The Caledonia Foundation, a private foundation focusing on the education, training and welfare of disadvantaged young Australians, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Impact, and the proud Patron of the Kangaroo Valley Upper River Hall Arts Festival.
Ian Darling was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006-2010. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Caledonia Investments group from 1992 to 2003. He has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), a member of the Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and Chair of the Oasis Youth Support Network.
He received the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary, was a recipient of the AbaF Business Arts Leadership Award. 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, a BA from the Australian National University.