Simon James Ryan
Writer, director, producer, editor, composer; this all-rounder filmmaker got his start at Deakin
Simon James Ryan initially found filmmaking as a hobby, producing his first short films while still in secondary college. He enrolled at Deakin University in 2002 and began a course in Police Studies and Criminology, studying at the Waurn Ponds campus in Geelong. Two years in, however, Simon embraced his real passion and changed course to Media Arts.
Upon graduating in 2005, Simon wrote, directed, produced and composed his first independent short film, Another Shot, which premiered at the 2006 Melbourne Underground Film Festival and was selected as one of only five "Programmer's Picks". The film also screened at the 2008 Angry Film Festival, where it was a finalist, competing against films starring Vince Colosimo (Chopper, Lantana) and Roy Billing (The Dish, Underbelly).
Soon after the success of Another Shot Simon followed up with a spoof on one of cricket's biggest icons, co-writing and directing Shaun Wayne: Cricket's Biggest Nobody. In late 2008 Simon returned to shoot, direct and edit the much awaited sequel, featuring cameo performances by Kevin Harrington (SeaChange, The Dish) and Don Bridges (Romper Stomper, Blue Heelers).
Simon has worked as a documentarian on projects covering acupuncture, childhood autism, a world music conference, as well as volunteering on many student, independent and mainstream films. Simon has collaborated with the Victorian College of the Arts, fellow Deakin graduates and a newly completed feature film, now in consideration at the Festival de Cannes.
In 2009 Simon wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed his second independent short, a crime-drama without any spoken dialogue, The Scavengers tells the story of two brothers, their life of crime and the girl who tears them apart. The Scavengers is currently being considered by the Shorts Film Festival in Adelaide, and has also been submitted to both the Melbourne and Sydney International Film Festivals.
Simon recently completed a Flight of the Conchords-esque video to be screened as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2009.
Simon had several feature-length screenplays in pre-production when he passed away in August 2009, aged 26.
Both 'Another Shot' and 'The Scavengers' had been accepted into the 2009 Sexy International Film Festival and will screen in late October.
Jason Turley, director of the Sexy International Film Festival states that he "would like to dedicate this year’s festival to Simon James Ryan."
Another Shot (trailer) on YouTube.com:
The Scavengers (trailer) on YouTube.com: