Ian has worked as writer, director and actor, including, film, commercial television and international theatre (he took over from Guy Pearce to play the lead role in Grease). He studied Drama, Cinema Studies and English Literature as well as filmmaking at the VCA where he also completed his PhD in the films of John Cassavetes. Ian’s films have won directing awards internationally. Ian is currently writing a screenplay funded by Film Victoria (Captivity Captive with novelist Rodney Hall). Ian has also been funded to write feature films for the AFC.
Ian’s directing credits include Wee Jimmy (half hour drama for SBS – won director commendation at San Francisco International Film Festival), The Raptor Detail (short). Cut (VCA major film – won Gold at Australian Cinematographers Society Awards). Ian has had extensive training as a director including Film Victoria/AFC assisted traineeships on Neighbours (he went on to direct the series) Blue Heelers, (directed significant portion of episodes), Horace and Tina (directed scenes).
Ian has written two novels and has worked as a lecturer in filmmaking at the VCA, Monash and Melbourne University, RMIT, SAE Institute and Open Channel Film School, Holmesglen Institute and Qantm College. He works as an independent producer of film and video and has been assistant to the Artistic Director of the Australia Korea Foundation for the Department of Foreign Affairs. His debut feature film Crushed (writer/director/producer) screened at Cinema Nova in 2009, and his follow up feature film, Interference is due for release in 2016.
Ian’s acting work can be viewed on Rush, City Homicide, Blue Heelers, Martial Law, Guinevere Jones, Heartbreak High, Struck by Lightning, Shadows of the Heart, etc.