Ian Derry crafted his creative career in photography. Through his work with BAFTA he has been lucky enough to photograph some of the film industry’s most recognisable faces, including the likes of Martin Scorsese, Brad Pitt, Ewan Mcgregor, Helena Bonham-Carter & Micheal Caine (to name just a few). His incredible knack for capturing the character behind the personality forged a further career in advertising and editorial sports, Fashion and music photography (Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, David Gandy, Usain Bolt).
His impressive portfolio of high profile portraiture ultimately led him to explore film, and what it means to capture the essence of character in motion. Through directing his first multi-award winning short documentary ‘Johanna: Under The Ice’ he soon became a rising star in film, notably featuring at Cannes Lions Festival - Saatchi & Saatchi Next Directors’ Showcase and subsequently winning GOLD at Kinsale Sharks, picking up two nominations for D&AD and a prestigious Grierson award along the way.
He has since become a sought after director of commercial content, striving for authenticity of character and genuine human endeavor, having shot campaigns for global brands such as Nike, Johnnie Walker, Fitbit, Nicorette, Microsoft, SEAT and Versace.
Ian’s most recent accomplishment, a feature length broadcast documentary for Netflix, ‘Hold your breath: The ice dive’, based on the subject of his previous short was released to great acclaim this year.