Ian Hamilton graduated from Newcastle University in 1989 with a degree in Communications studying film, photography and public relations.
Over the last 20 years he has worked on numerous documentary and drama programs for Film Australia and the ABC including Australian Story, Wildside, Bordertown, Police Rescue, GP, Water Rats, McLeod's Daughters, Heartbreak High, and the BBC series Soldier Soldier.
Other credits include the Australian feature films Rabbit Proof Fence, Parklands, The Nostradamus Kid, Me Myself and I, Bootmen, Diana and Me, Billie's Holiday and Bad News Bachelors.
In 2000, Ian and his wife/co-producer Anna Kelly returned to the Hunter Valley and founded Limelight Films to produce films and content that supported their passion for health and education promotion in the community.
In 2006, Ian and Anna produced the feature documentary Honeymoon in Kabul. The film was screened on the ABC in 2009 and won the US Zero Film Awards LA and New York Audience Choice Award. The film raised $20,000 in charity screenings for Afghan children and is now distributed internationally for television broadcast.
Recently, Ian collaborated with ABC's Australian Story on a number of projects including producing and shooting documentary sequences for Call of Duty, a documentary screened on ABC TV in 2013. The film follows whistle blower policeman Peter Fox and his fight against police corruption and clergy sexual abuse. The program attracted over 1.2 million viewers nationally.
Ian has also lectured in film and television production at UON and supervised a number of AFTRS productions.
His still photography has been published in numerous magazines and books including Vogue Living, Australian Country style, Instyle, Culture and Hunter Lifestyle. He has also won national awards in fashion photography.
Ian Hamilton's Limelight credits include:
2009 Honeymoon in Kabul
Feature Documentary. Broadcast on ABC Television December 2009
2008 Mind Play
Client: Hunter Institute of MentaI Health
Short film documenting the Mind Play drama competition to secondary schools in the Hunter Valley, NSW.
2008 Celebration On the Sand
Client: National Parks and Wildlife Service
A 30 minute film documenting the handing back of land to its traditional owners, the Worimi people.
2007-2008 NSW Health Redesign Project
Client: NSW Health
The Redesign project is a reform program designed to improve patient journeys and deliver better patient experiences in the NSW Health System.
2007 Response Ability
Client: Hunter Institute of Mental Health
An educational resource focusing on mental wellbeing in children and young people.
2005 Colouring the Dark
Client: ABC Australian Story
Footage created for Australian Story about artist Greg Wilson and his battle with mental illness.
2005 Leadsafe Blitz
Client: Hunter Population Health
Infotainment/reality style DVD about hazards of lead poisoning around the home.
2006 Schools Day Out
Client: Department of Education
15 min documentary following the "Schools Day Out", a rock festival promoting health and education for teenagers in the Hunter Valley.
2004 Drive Keepin' It Real
Client: Department of Education
20 min documentary aimed at young people, promoting safe driving.
2004 The Maggie Program
Client: Hunter New England Health
20 min documentary following patient experiences at the John Hunter Hospital.