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ABOUT THE 
SYDNEY SHORT
FILM SCHOOL

Watch this short video about the
Sydney Short Film School's venue at the National HQ of the Australian Cinematographers Society.

About Your Tutor:
Ian Nicholson

Ian Nicholson has made or been involved with nearly 100 short films since 2006 as Writer, Director, Director of Photography, Producer, Actor or advisor. 


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 800 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.


Some of his work can be found here on Vimeo