Ian began performing in high school and subsequently appeared in many television dramas across all Australian networks and 14 feature films including Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, John Duigan's Mouth To Mouth, Tom Jeffrey's The Odd Angry Shot, Dusan Makavejev's The Coca Cola Kid, Fred Schepisi's Evil Angels ("A Cry in the Dark") and Bill Bennett's Malpractice.
Turning to direction, in 1985 Ian graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and soon after went into pre-production on the AFC/PBL telemovie Double Sculls for Producer Richard Brennan. Since then, Ian has directed series, miniseries and telemovies.
Bootleg, a three hour miniseries which was a Burberry Production for the BBC, earned a BAFTA Award for Best Children’s Drama and went on to achieve the LOGIE Award for Best Children’s Drama. Bootleg also gained an ATOM Special Recipient Award – Best Children’s Miniseries 2003 plus AFI nominations for Best Director, Best Children’s Drama and Best Cinematography Open Craft.
Ian was set-up director for Black Beauty (awarded the International TV Programmers’ Award at the 1994 New York Festival). His other local credits include Heartbreak High, Twisted Tales, Bordertown, Phoenix, Snowy, Mortified and Water Rats. He has directed both series and long form dramas for Paramount, Alliance Atlantis, Ruddy Morgan (in China), UFO Films US, UFA, Gaumont Television, Village Roadshow, Tribune Entertainment and Samuel Goldwyn Television.
Ian has directed episodes on all five seasons of Winners & Losers for the Seven Network. He also directed a block of Wonderland for Fremantle and Channel Ten and the pilot Hartman’s Solution for Southern Star and the Seven Network.
In 2008 he was awarded Best Direction in a TV Drama Series by the Australian directors Guild for the All Saints episode “Blind Faith” and in 2009 he was awarded Best Direction Television by the Asian Television Awards (Singapore) for another All Saints episode “Danger Zone”.
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