Chair, The Caledonia Foundation and Executive Chair, Shark Island
Ian Darling is Executive Chair and Founder of Shark Island Institute in Sydney.
He is an award winning social impact documentary filmmaker. His Director and Producer credits include PAUL KELLY – STORIES OF ME, THE OASIS, SUZY & THE SIMPLE MAN, IN THE COMPANY OF ACTORS, ALONE ACROSS AUSTRALIA, WOODSTOCK FOR CAPITALISTS, POLLY & ME, THE SOLDIER and STORIES FROM THE INSIDE. He is an Executive Producer of INVENTING TOMORROW, UNREST and HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
He is currently Directing IT STOPS WITH ME (a film about the booing of Indigenous footballer and former Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes) and THE GENESIS (exploring the complexities of child protection, intergenerational poverty, and homelessness in Australia). He is also Executive Producer of 2040, THE FOURTH ESTATE, FLY and UNTITLED HOLLYWOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT DOCUMENTARY, all currently in production.
He is Founder, Chair and Moderator of Good Pitch Australia, and has worked with 19 social impact documentaries and outreach campaigns, with films including BLUE, THAT SUGAR FILM, GAYBY BABY, PRISON SONGS, THE HUNTING GROUND, FRACKMAN, CONSTANCE ON THE EDGE, CALL ME DAD, and WHITELEY
Ian Darling has been Chair of The Caledonia Foundation since 2001, and was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Caledonia Investments from 1992 to 2004. He is a Member of the Impact Partners Advisory Board in New York, Founder and Patron (and former Chair) of the Documentary Australia Foundation, and Patron of the ArtsLab, Kangaroo Valley.
He was Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company and the STC Foundation, from 2006-2010. He has been a Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Chair of The Oasis Youth Support Network, and Member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board.
He received the AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary for THE OASIS, is a Walkley Awards Finalist, and has been nominated for numerous Australian Directors Guild, AFI, Film Critics 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.
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 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.’
He has a MBA from IMD Switzerland, and a BA (Acc.) from the Australian National University.