Ryan joined the film industry straight after obtaining his Bachelor of Communications, majoring in Media Arts and Production at UTS in Australia. 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 Screen Writing and Directing. The film later screened in the festival’s Travelling Festival that screened all around Australia.
Ryan worked with Goalpost Pictures (The Sapphires) on the twelve-part, high concept genre series called Cleverman; which he created and wrote for. Cleverman had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and later screened at Series Mania in Paris. The show has aired around the world on ABCTV Australia, Sundance TV and Netflix in the United States and BBC3 in the UK.
Ryan produced the first season alongside Rosemary Blight, and on the second season produced and wrote. He worked in a showrunner capacity by maintaining his vision but also consulting with Traditional Aboriginal Elders around the cultural elements in the show.
In 2018 Ryan became an artist in residence with Start VR in Sydney; he is creating a VR story for a graphic novel that will launch at the same time as the graphic novel will. Ryan also attended the Talent LA team with Screen Australia, allowing him to meet and pitch to many LA based companies.
Ryan is currently writing two graphic novels, Cleverman and Lustration for Gestalt Publishing in Australia, finishing his first feature script called Parallel and is also looking for funding to direct his first feature film written by Jon Bell called Disorganized Crime.
Ryan’s goals in the industry are to bring the rebirth of Genre back to Australia as well as flex his genre muscles abroad. 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.