His obsession with film started at the age a gritty reality-type show called GTV! For three years Ryan delved into the underbelly of the live music scene, filming with some of the world’s biggest rock bands. Juliet Lewis and the Licks, Misfists, Slipknot and Black Flag allowed Ryan to venture into
the unknown and the outcome was a sobering yet hilarious glimpse of the ridiculous life of a rock star.
Ryan also had the privilege of assisting academy award winner Danny Boyle on the set of his film “Millions” And in early 2008 Ryan had his work looked at by Quentin Tarantino while he was on his “Death Proof” tour in Liverpool.
He studied at Cape Town’s AFDA Film School Directing & Writing. During the years, Ryan has directed over 75 music videos and is one of the leading music video directors in the country. His talent has clearly not gone unnoticed. He’s won numerous awards over the years (both locally and internationally) including a SAMA (South African Music Award) for his work with Prime Circle and also getting a MTV nomination. And again in 2016 nominated Best Music Video at the SAMA’s.
Sometimes dark, sometimes light – Ryan’s directing style is
dynamic, fresh and specially focused on narratives.With an extensive background in acting for film, Ryan understands what it takes to get the desired performance and places special emphasis on characters and their levels of depth.
Ryan has acted alongside the likes of Sacha Baron Cohen (whom he also assisted during the filming of Grimsby in Cape Town). His craft and skills as an actor-director, always ensuring his talent feels comfortable and supported.From a visual perspective, Ryan’s experimental flair has led to some striking compositions and his portfolio is testament to his versatility: a visual chameleon with an ever clear idea dancing around in his head. fixated on interesting characters, real-feel production design and stories that transcend across cultures, ages and gender. Often placing extraordinary circumstances into reallife situations, Effortlessly switching from gritty, edgy and dark to commercial and clean-cut, Ryan’s strength lies within his adaptability and is constantly striving to perfect his craft. A true talent and a refreshing addition to the film industry, he’s definitely a filmmaker to watch.