Julie Ryan Biography

Julie Ryan is a prolific Australian film producer who’s achievements include Ten Canoes (2006), which was awarded the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival, and box office smash hit Reg Dog (2011) which she produced with Nelson Woss. Both films won Best Film at the Australian Film Institute/Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards (AACTA) and were successful at the box office with Red Dog taking $21.5m and earning eighth place in the highest grossing Australian films of all time. Many of Julie’s films have been selected to screen at major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Venice, Telluride and Busan.

Julie began producing with auteur filmmaker Rolf de Heer in 1999 and over a ten year period made five features under the Vertigo Productions banner. Her first feature, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories (2001), was filmed in French Guiana and starred Richard Dreyfuss and Hugo Weaving. Australian outback feature The Tracker (2002) was selected for Venice and won Best Film at the IF Awards that year. Julie then produced Alexandra’s Project (2003), Dr Plonk (2007), and the multi-award winning Ten Canoes (2006), which was filmed in remote Arnhem Land in northern Australia.

In 2007, Julie established Cyan Films and produced My Tehran For Sale (2009), which was shot in Iran and gained international attention when Iranian actor Marzieh Vafamehr was arrested for her involvement in the film. In 2010, Julie served as executive producer for writer director Anthony Maras on Cyprus-filmed war drama The Palace (2011), which won a number of awards including an AACTA for Best Short Film, and the feature doc Shut Up Little Man: An Audio Misadventure (2011), which was selected for Sundance.

In 2011 Julie was invited to co-produce indigenous drama Satellite Boy (selected for both Toronto 2012 and Berlin 2013), and in 2012 she joined Oscar-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning to co-produce Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson’s camel trek across Australia, starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver.

In 2015 Julie completed the second Cairnes brothers feature Scare Campaign which won four awards including Best Film at MonsterFest Melbourne 2015.

In 2016 she joined the producing team of Hotel Mumbai alongside Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, Andrew Ogilvie and Joe Thomas. The feature film is about the devastating terrorist attacks on Mumbai in 2008, and reunites Julie with award winning writer/director Anthony Maras.

In 2019 Julie’s company Cyan Films partnered with Tenille Kennedy of The Koop to produce the family feature H is for Happiness, directed by award winning filmmaker John Sheedy. The film was one of four gala screenings at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2019, and went on to win the prestigious Cinefest Oz Film Prize.

In 2014, Julie was a recipient of the South Australian Film Corporation’s development initiative, Seed. She served as a board member for the South Australian Film Corporation from 2008 to 2011. Julie was admitted to the Australian Cinema Pioneers in 2015.

Julie’s production company, Cyan Films, is based in Adelaide, South Australia and she has shot films in many remote regions around Australia including Arnhem Land, the Kimberley, the Pilbara, Alice Springs and the Flinders Ranges. Internationally she has worked in Iran, Cyprus, French Guiana and India.