Director/executive producer/writer (co-founder, In Films)
Ivan O’Mahoney received the 2013 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best documentary series and the 2012 Australian Directors Guild Award for best direction in a documentary series. He has directed and produced films for HBO, BBC, ARTE, Channel 4, PBS and the Discovery Channel. A former lawyer and U.N. peacekeeper in Bosnia, he holds degrees in international law (Leyden) and journalism (Columbia).
O’Mahoney’s other acclaimed projects include “Baghdad High,” about teenagers in Iraq (HBO); “How to Plan a Revolution,” following democracy activists in Azerbaijan (BBC); and “Surviving Hunger,” a film on famine in Ethiopia (CNN). His films have won the Rose d’Or, Prix Europa, Japan Prize, Golden Nymph, R.F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Amnesty International Media Award.
His work is regularly screened at major festivals like Tribeca, Sheffield, Michael Moore’s Traverse City festival and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.
O’Mahoney guest-lectures at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School; produced for the flagship Australian current affairs show “Four Corners”; developed the Logie-winning SBS series “Law and Disorder” (on whistle-blowers); and produced the ABC series “Great Southern Land.” He co-authored that series’ accompanying book, which has just been published by Harper Collins. Recently he was appointed an applications assessor with Screen NSW.