Ian completed his PhD Doctorate on the films of John Cassavetes at The University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts in 2011 where he also studied a Post Graduate Filmmaking Degree. His films have been distributed and won awards internationally.
Ian has directed television for Neighbours, Blue Heelers and SBS TV (his episode, Wee Jimmy, won a best director award at the San Francisco International Film Festival). Ian Dixon’s debut feature film Crushed screened at Cinema Nova in 2009. Ian has also been funded to write feature films for the Australian Film Commission and Film Victoria.
He spent over twenty-five years as an actor (he took over from Guy Pearce to play the lead in Grease). In television, his work can be seen on: Underbelly:Squizzy, Rush, City Homicide, Guinevere Jones, Martial Law, Blue Heelers, Stingers, Heartbreak High, Shadows of the Heart etc.
Ian has also delivered academic papers and published internationally and currently lectures in screenwriting and semiotics at SAE Institute, Melbourne.