Irish-born Robbie Ryan, who was a budding cinematographer from the age of 14 and graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology has had a colourful and multi-faceted career that spans commercials, music videos, experimental video, drama and various genres of feature films.
He has built up a hugely impressive list of visually exciting credits including Brick Lane (2007), The Scouting Book For Boys (2009), Isolation (2005), The Summit (2012), and the acclaimed C4 television drama, I Am Slave (2010), which was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011. It was, however, his much-acclaimed partnership with the Scottish arthouse film director Andrea Arnold that helped him sharpen up his creative focus and find a place in the cinematographers’ hall of fame.
Ryan first got together with Arnold on her 2003 award-winning short Wasp and has since been a firm right hand on her three features, Red Road (2006), Fish Tank (2009) and, most recently, Wuthering Heights (2011). After returning from the wilds of Yorkshire where Wuthering Heights was shot, Ryan became the latest addition to the Ken Loach ‘family’, following in the footsteps of great cameramen like Chris Menges and Barry Ackroyd, to shoot the veteran filmmaker’s feature The Angel’s Share in 2012.
2013 saw Ryan return to native Ireland to stand behind the camera of his most mainstream feature to date, Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench.
In 2014 he continued his new relationship with Loach to shoot Jimmy's Hall, which was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.View Robbie's IMDb page