Having flirted with a career in acting, and begun training behind the scenes in pre Celtic Tiger Irish television, Ian first established his own website design and multi-media company in London before focusing on fulfilling his creative desires with documentary film-making. 2011 has seen Ian firmly establish himself as a trusted director on the contemporary cultural scene in Ireland, directing an Arts Lives documentary on Irish iconoclast Gavin Friday, and completing a 15th anniversary feature documentary Ghost Blues on the legendary rock blues guitarist Rory Gallagher, broadcast on RTE and released on DVD world-wide. He is listed in the Hot Press Who’s Who 2010 & 2011.
Ian is continuing a tradition that links the family name with Irish media, for Ian’s father was Harry Thuillier, one of the most distinctive voices in the early days of Irish broadcasting.
Ian’s directorial debut was in 2001 when he directed and edited a moving tribute to the life of his late brother and renowned fine arts photographer, Harry Thuillier Jnr. Entitled Darkroom, Thuillier constructed an intimate exploration of an artist on the edge, from his earliest days to his tragic and controversial death in Italy. The film went on win Best Documentary at the 2003 Boston Irish Film Festival along with many more international nominations. Ian was nominated for Best New Talent in 2003 Irish Film and Television Awards.
Since then Ian has gone on to direct and edit numerous pieces of work for Irish musicians including a 15-camera shoot of Bell X1’s sell-out Point Depot show in 2006 which formed part the hit Live DVD package Tour de Flock; he took on the role of interviewer on Mundy’s Live & Confusion DVD; and has completed video installation pieces for Irish artists and the Arts Council.
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