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Archer’s Mark Director Ian Derry wins Gold at Kinsale

09 October 2017

Ian Derry’s Johanna wins a GOLD award at Kinsale for Best Documentary Short Film. Derry is an experienced stills photographer turned film director represented by Archer’s Mark in London. He is known for his exquisite eye and collaborative style of working. His debut short Johanna - a stunning portrait of an Arctic free diver - almost crashed the internet when it landed on Nowness, quickly racking up thousands of views and earning itself a Vimeo Staff Pick.


Finnish freediver Johanna Nordblad holds the world record for a 50-meter dive under ice. She discovered her love for the sport through cold-water treatment while recovering from a downhill biking accident that almost took her leg.The director captures her taking a plunge under the Arctic ice. Shot in the wilderness of Finland at temperatures of minus 14 degrees.

Derry says “I became aware of Johanna from her sister who is a photographer. I liked her story—to have such a terrible injury and to overcome it in the most extreme way. Once I had met her and gone to the location, which at that point was -24C, I knew I had to make the film. The environment and the silence there is something I will never forget. I dived under the ice to get a perspective on it and it was literally breath taking. What she does is so close to the edge, but she does it in such a comfortable way.

Derry has recently shot work for Versace, Hugo Boss and more recently a Campaign for FitBit for FCB London.

He is represented by Archer’s Mark in London. Contact Nicky Flemming or Ben Whitfield for more info +44 74265160.

Director - Ian Derry Represented by Archer’s Mark in London, UK.
Freediver - Johanna Nordblad
Cinematographer - Teemu Liakka
Sound Recording - Antti Haikonen
Editor - Joe Walton (WhiteHouse Post, London)
Producer - Ian Derry
Script - Ian Derry
Music Composer - Howie Saunders
Sound Design - Howie Saunders
Post Production - Digital Light Ltd
Safety Co-ordinator - Jukka Teriö
Safety Diver - Tuomas Määttänen
Safety Diver - Ville Leskinen
Drone Supplier - Kari Ylitalo
Storyboard Artist - Jonathan Millward
Production and Stills - Elina Manninen

Executive Producer

Contact Name
Nicky Flemming
+44 (0) 207 426 5160

Executive Producer

Contact Name
Ben Whitfield
+44 (0) 207 426 5160