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 Traveling Festival that toured all around Australia.
Ryan recently 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 USA, and BBC3 in the UK. Cleverman was Ryan’s first venture into TV and the show won Best Series at the Screen Producers Australia Awards and, thanks to WETA, Cleverman received Best Hair and Makeup at the ACTAA Awards. Ryan Produced the first season alongside Rosemary Blight, and on the second season he Produced and Wrote. As Showrunner, he maintained his vision while also consulting with Traditional Aboriginal Elders around cultural elements in the show.
Ryan is currently writing two graphic novels, Cleverman which complements the TV series with all-new stories, and his afterlife noir series, Lustration. Both titles are being published through Gestalt in Australia.
Ryan’s goals in the industry are to help the rebirth of Genre in Australian creative expression, as well as to flex his genre muscles abroad.