Ellery Ryan ACS inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
Ellery Ryan was born in Melbourne in 1946. He graduated with honors from Swinburne Film School in 1975. Ellery worked first as a camera assistant and then as a Director of Photography for Fred Schepisi at The Film House in Melbourne.
After several years shooting commercials he became a freelancer and since then has worked throughout the world as a Director of Photography on commercials, feature films TV movies and mini series. He was nominated for the 1993 USA “Cableace Award” for his work on the American Movie of the Week ‘Circling Curacao’ and won the Australian Film Critics Circle Cinematography Award in 1995 for the theatrical feature ‘That Eye The Sky’. He has been nominated five times for the Australian Film Institute “Best Cinematography” award for his work on theatrical feature films and was winner of that award in 1991 for ‘Spotswood’ and again in 1995 for ‘Angel Baby’.
He has won several awards and distinctions from the ACS including a Golden Tripod for ‘Dead Letter Office’(1999). Most recently he has completed the feature films ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ (ACS National Award of Distinction 2011), the romantic comedy ‘I Love You Too’ (2011), ‘Fog’ (dir Jonathan Auf der Heide – Part of Tim Winton’s ‘The Turning’ 2013) and the feature film ‘Is This the Real World?’ (2013, dir Martin McKenna) and more recently the movie EMO the Musical.
Over the years he has also shot many commercials working in Australia, USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, UK, Ireland, Korea, France and Greece. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Screen Academy and has served as a jury member for the AFI Cinematography Award and on National and State ACS Cinematography Awards. Ellery has conducted seminars, master classes and lectured extensively on cinematography and film making in the course of his career for institutions such as the AFTRS, the Victorian College of the Arts, Deakin University, Swinburne University, Griffith University, the Australian Cinematographers’ Society, Kodak Workshop Program, Open Channel and the Summer School at Melbourne University.
Ellery was ACS accredited in September 1994.