Ryan Griffen

Ryan Griffen

Ryan is a notable Producer, Executive Producer, Creator, Showrunner, Writer and Director with international credits.

Facebook Reality Labs has recently greenlit Ryan’s original animated four-part virtual reality series Lustration VR for its new Oculus TV platform which Ryan will Executive Produce, Write and Direct.

In 2021, Ryan wrote one episode of a new drama series for BBC and Eleven Film in the UK (Sex Education) which is slated for a 2022 shoot, co-directed a documentary feature film Backburning about the band Midnight Oil for Village Roadshow and Beyond Entertainment and continued to develop his own slate of high-concept, scripted original series’.

Ryan is best known for his twelve-part, high concept genre series called Cleverman which had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and later screened at Series Mania in Paris. The show aired on ABC in Australia, Sundance TV and Netflix US and BBC3 in the UK. Ryan produced the first season and wrote and produced series two. He worked in a showrunner capacity by maintaining his vision across all departments but also by consulting with Traditional Aboriginal Elders around the cultural elements in the show.

Cleverman was Ryan’s first venture into TV and the show won multiple awards including Best Series at the SPAA Awards and thanks to WETA (Lord of the Rings) Cleverman won Best Hair and Makeup at the ACTAA Awards.

Ryan joined the film industry straight after obtaining his Bachelor of Communications. 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.

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 Screenwriting and Directing. The film later screened in the festival’s Traveling Festival that screened all around Australia.

Ryan is based in Sydney, Australia.

Ryan Griffen

Television (Scripted)

TEN POUND POMS – BBC, Eleven Film Limited (UK) 2021
Writer, 1 Episode
CLEVERMAN (Series 2) – ABC 2017
Creator / Writer / Producer
CLEVERMAN (Series 1) – ABC 2016
Creator / Producer
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES – Dir: Tony Tilse, Every Cloud Productions 2013
Director’s attachment



BACKBURNING – Village Roadshow/ Beyond Entertainment 2021



YOU TURN (Short) – 2015
Writer / Director
THE CHUCK IN (Short) – Dir: Jon Bell 2012
THE SAPPHIRES – Dir: Wayne Blair, Goalpost Pictures 2012
Producer intern



LUSTRATION VR (4 x 6 min Series) – Facebook Reality Labs/Oculus TV/New Canvas 2021
Executive Producer /Creator / Writer / Director



AACTA AWARDS – Nominated x 5 for Cleverman (2017)
LOGIE AWARDS – Nominated x 5 for Cleverman (2017)

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