Ian Nicholson

Ian Nicholson

Business Development/sales, Camera Operator, Cinematographer, Compositor, Creative Executive, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Filmmaker, First Assistant Camera, It Tech, Line Producer, Manager, Marketing/pr, Producer, Producer of Marketing & Distribution, Production Assistant, Production Manager, Screenwriter, Sound Designer, Sound Editor, Steadicam Operator, Videographer and Visual Effects Artist

Sydney, Australia

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About Ian

Ian Nicholson has made over 20 short films since 2006 as Writer, Director, Director of Photography, or all three! In 2007, he shot and helped direct, 'Between the Flags' by Jayce White, that won Best Comedy and Best Male Actor at Tropfest 2007.

Today, he has his short films regularly broadcast on TV and cable in Australia and New Zealand, and one of his films, ‘Haunted Australia’, was chosen as an opener for the Night of Horror International Film Festival in 2008 and his 25 minute zombie horror ‘Dead Minds’ was selected for the Night of Horror International Film Festival in 2009.

He has studied Documentary Video Making at the University of Sydney under John Buckmaster, and completed a 5-Year Part-Time Advanced Acting Diploma at the Screen Actors Workshop under Alan Nurthen. He has also studied American Standard Accents under Bill Pepper of NIDA.

In 2007, he completed the intensive Hollywood Film Institute's course as a Certified Cinema Director and Line Producer Emeritus under Hollywood veteran Dov S.S. Simens, who has taught director/producers like Guy Ritchie, Quentin Tarantino, Chris Nolan and Will Smith.

Besides acting in several short films, Ian has appeared in a number of TV commercials for Abbey National, Sanitarium, Sharpie Pens and Virgin Mobile.Ian has appeared on stage playing Inspector Cray in Agatha Christie's 'The Patient' (director Roz Riley), a Russian thug in the Fox TV mini-series 'False Witness' directed by Peter Andrikidis, and played one of Danny Huston's henchmen in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Gavin Hood.

In 2013, Ian played Det. Sgt. Bryne Ruse, the man that tracked down Malcolm Naden, Australia’s Most Wanted Man for Channel 7’s The Force Series Special, Malcolm Naden - The Untold Story.

He is the founding member of the Sydney Film Industry Meetup Group which has grown to over 600 members, and is the Executive Producer of their new 6-part TV series 'Strange Fiction', for which he has written several episodes.

Ian is currently working on several feature films as screenwriter and teaches short film making for the Screen Actors Workshop, the Manly-Warringah Community College, and the Sydney Short Film School. He is a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society.



  • Girls on the Avenue

    Girls on the Avenue (2018)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Torn

    Torn (2017)
    Film Camera and Electrical Department

  • Wait Time

    Wait Time (2014)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer A young lesbian struggling with gender identity survives reality in a small window of time that holds her captive. Her perfect relationship deteriorates as she lives through the painful process of accepting that life isn't how she thought it would be. Written by Anonymous

  • Risk My Mind

    Risk My Mind (2011)
    Film (Short, Drama and Sci-Fi) Actor When sisters Juliet and Catherine Bane discover they have supernatural abilities their lives are forever changed as an underground corporation is determined to discover the origins of their power.

  • Beyond the Realm

    Beyond the Realm (2011)
    Film (Romance, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director John Ashcroft (Matthew Scott) is a young lawyer haunted by his mother's death and estranged father's behavior. He encounters a new client, Mr Andrews (Roger Adam Smith) living alone in a dark and isolated castle. This new client relationship quickly becomes a dangerous game of cat toying with mouse as Mr Andrew's forces John to face his fears in an attempt to save a long lost love, Rochelle Baxter (Helen Petroulas) from her death. Written by Brad J McBride

  • Video letter to momma #3

    Video letter to momma #3 (2009)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Carolina decides to patch up things with her mom by putting up a video on YOU TUBE, Mike just wants her to pick up the phone.

  • Headspace

    Headspace (2009)
    Film (Short and Drama) Cinematographer It is a beautiful spring day, and despite his wife's suggestion to go outside for some fresh air, he's content to just to sit indoors, build his model home and help his son with his homework. Until the doorbell rings.

  • Dead Minds

    Dead Minds (2009)
    Film (Short and Horror) Cinematographer A group of friends at a party are affected by a government-sanctioned mind control project that turns people into zombies.

  • The Curse of the Seven Bananas

    The Curse of the Seven Bananas (2008)
    Video (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Jones gets sent to deepest, darkest Africa to work on an oil drilling site miles away from the nearest woman. What do the men do to satisfy their 'needs'? Ask McTavish!

  • Point Blank

    Point Blank (2007)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Cinematographer Sandy, an Australian traveler and philosophy student, is taken hostage while holidaying a long way from home. But despite having a gun pointed at her head, Sandy is determined to convince her two captors that they have totally mis-understood their spiritual teaching. Written by Maggie Lawrence

  • Between the Flags

    Between the Flags (2007)
    Film (Short) Cinematographer Add a Plot »

  • Haunted Australia

    Haunted Australia (2007)
    Film (Short and Horror) Editor Add a Plot »

  • Miasma

    Miasma (2006)
    Film (Short and Crime) Editor A killer is picking up hitchhikers and taking them to their final destination...


  • Screen Actors Workshop - Outstanding Achievement


  • Screen Actors Workshop - Sydney

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