Cultural crusader is the Philanthropist of the Year

Straddling the worlds of finance and social activism, Ian Darling has shaped theatre and art and changed the future of documentary.
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 Image: Ian Darling, moderator at GoodPitch2 in 2015. Photo by Louisa Eagleton.

Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for the sector, has given its 2017 Philanthropist of the Year Award to a prominent documentary filmmaker, arts patron and social activist, Ian Darling.

He is a man of many faces, and rarely seen as a complete whole, because he manages to be both a public figure and also personally reticent. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.