Ryan joined the film industry straight after obtaining his Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Media Arts and Production at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since then he has participated in the online component of the Digital Emmy winning Scorched and was a recipient of the AFC (Screen Australia) Producers Initiative Program.
Ryan’s goal in the industry is to bring the rebirth of Genre back to Australia, inspired by 1950’s cinema all the way through to the 80’s genre films: Ryan wants to tell similar stories that he was drawn to growing up.
In 2015 Ryan wrote and directed his first short film You Turn that had its premiere at the Sydney Film Festival and received a special mention for his screen writing and directing.
Ryan is currently working with Goalpost Pictures on the second season of the TV series he created Cleverman, which had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Cleverman is a six-part high concept genre series for ABCTV Australia, the BBC and Sundance TV in the United States. This innovative unique adult drama, follows two estranged Indigenous brothers at a crossroads and a community struggling to co-exist with non-human creatures living among them.