Ian’s work as a filmmaker has earned nominations and awards from BAFTA, the Royal Television Society, the San Francisco International Film Festival, and LA ScreamFest. He has seventeen years experience as a director, writer, producer and editor, making 25 hours of television drama, thirteen short films that have screened internationally, a feature film that was released in the US in Sept 2015, and a multi-award winning interactive learning experience for primary school children.
Since 2012, Ian has worked at Tyneside Cinema, leading on the design and delivery of a wide range of filmmaking activities for children and young people including Pop Up Film School, Northern Stars Fiction and Documentary programmes, establishing a professional production company staffed by young filmmakers and instigating the cinema’s national BFI Film Academy Residential Programme in Screenwriting.
He continues to develop his professional practice through personal projects including a feature-length documentary about the birth of modern football culture in Britain and a series of short documentaries about memory, objects and property made with the poet and novelist Jacob Polley.
Ian leads Random Acts Network Centre North’s education, training and production programme and the talent development programme for alumni. He works with commissioned artists and filmmakers to develop and produce their films.