Ivan Sen was raised in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia. He graduated from Inverell High School in 1989 and then undertook a degree in photography at Griffith University in Queensland. He studied filmmaking at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, where he completed a Bachelor Arts in Directing in 1997.
Throughout the late 1990s Sen worked on numerous short films, before making his feature film debut with Beneath Clouds in 2002. The film follows two teenagers, Lena (Dannielle Hall) and Vaughn (Damian Pitt) who hitchhike together to Sydney, each for their own reasons. It won Sen global acclaim, screening at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and winning the Premiere First Movie Award at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and the 2002 Best Director Award at the Australian Film Institute Awards. Sen has subsquently written and produced a number of award winning documentaries. His documentary Yellow Fella screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005.
Toomelah is selected for the Cannes International Film Festival 2011 – Un Certain Regard.
|2008||Fire Talker The life and times of Charles Perkins – ABC.|
|2007||Embassy Days – ABC.|
|2006||A Sister’s Love – ABC.|
|2006||Broken Borders – ABC.|
|2006||Aunty Connie – ABC.|
|2005||Shifting Shelter 3 – ABC.|
|2005||Yellow Fella – SBS.|
|2003||Who was Evelyn Orcher? – ABC.|
|2002||The Dreamers – ABC.|
|2000||Shifting Shelter 2 – ABC.|
|1998||Vanish – ABC|
|1995||Shifting Shelter 1 – ABC.|
|2010||Toomelah – BUNYA Productions, Sydney.|
|2002||Beneath Clouds – Australian Film Finance Corporation, Axiom Films, SBS Independent, Dendy Films, NSW FTO.|
|1999||Dust – SBS Independent, NSW FTO.|
|1998||Wind – AFC, SBS Independent, ABC TV, NSW FTO.|
|1997||Journey – ABC, Festival of the Dreaming.|
|1996||Tears – AFC, SBS Independent, NSW FTO.|
|1995||Warm Strangers – AFTRS, ABC|