TERENCE RYAN DIRECTOR/ SCREENWRITER/ PRODUCER.
At the London International Film School in
1972 Terence’s diploma film, HOPKINS dramatizing
the life of the poet Gerald Manley Hopkins, was nominated at BAFTA for the
first Grierson Award and won the Best Film at the Cork Film Festival.
In 1979 Terence formed OPIX Films where he made the award winning series THE GAME with Sir Matt Busby for ITV. He followed this with the seven-part series, THE POET IN THE LANDSCAPE for HTV. His first film was ACHILL narrated by Cyril Cusack produced in the West of Ireland. Composer Richard Hartley adapted for the film Beethoven’s Irish themes. 1982 Terence produced, the first Welsh language feature film OWAIN GLYNDWR, PRINCE OF WALES, for S4C directed by the Oscar winning director James Hill.
The 20-part documentary series WHO MATTERS and WE MATTER co-produced with Thames Television, won awards at the San Francisco Festival and BISFA; the ten-part series THE BEAUTIFUL GAME, a rugby series with the legendary Carwyn James for the BBC; produced from Westminster Abbey the CHRISTMAS DAY FROM WESTMINSTER for PBS and the BBC; the Saharan film AQUA for Duo Film GMBH, and the Erik Satie’s Oratorio SOCRATES directed by George Roman and starring James Mason for C4 / S4C.
Terence produced several sports series for ITV and BBC including FOCUS ON SOCCER and FOCUS ON RUGBY.
Terence wrote and directed comedy films: THE ROWDIES for LWT highest season rated comedy show on ITV; Del Sol for LWT and AMERICAN CARROTT for HBO; TO THE NORTH OF KATMANDU; THE DALLAS COWBOYS for BBC and the four-part series THE RODEO for the BBC. He produced the musical films. THE GEORGIANS for Goldcrest and the BBC and Wayne Sleep’s DASH for HBO which was awarded best film at the New York Film festival
In 1986 Terence and Pat Ferns organised with the BBC and CBC the first Twinning Coproduction between UK and Canada. They produced in the UK, GOING HOME the Award winning WWI Feature film which Terence, Produced and Directed and in Canada they produced from the Margaret Attwood book the Award winning feature film HEAVEN ON EARTH .
The following year Terence contacted the Irish Government and proposed, with the help of Joseph Lynch of the Ireland Foreign Affairs office, the Coproduction Treaty between Canada and Ireland. In Canada Pat Ferns made representation to the Canadian Government and in 1989 the Coproduction Agreement was signed. Over the next two years Pat Ferns co-produced three Irish-Canadian films using the treaty initiated by Terence Ryan.
In 1994 Terence arranged a
meeting with the Irish Film Board to discuss his proposed Irish Feature Film,
THE BRYLCREEM BOYS, to be filmed at Ardmore Studios, no one from the Film Board turned up for the arranged meeting a letter arrived from the IFB turning down the film. Two weeks later Terence flew to Douglas on the Isle of Man to meet the Minister Allan Bell and his financial advisors.
1995, Terence wrote, directed and produced The World War II romantic adventure THE BRYLCREEM BOYS starring Gabriel
Byrne, Bill Campbell and Jean Butler was the first feature film produced on the
Isle of Man; by 2016 £1.5 billion worth of production has gone to the IOM. In 2002
Terence adapted and directed Spike Milligan's classic novel PUCKOON,
starring Richard Attenborough, Elliott Gould, John Lynch, David Kelly, Milo
O'Shea and Griff Rhys Jones; 2007 he produced BOTCHED, directed by Kit
Ryan and starred Stephen Dorff, Sean Pertwee, Jaime Murray, Jamie Foreman
and Geoff Bell, it won best film, best Director Kit Ryan and best actor award
for Stephan Dorff, at The New York Horror Film Festival, it was also Awarded
best film at the German Fantasy Fest.
In 2013 he Produced the psychological
horror film DEMENTAMANIA, directed by
KIT Ryan starring Sam Robertson, Kal Penn, Vincent Regan and Geoff Bell.
2016 Terence Ryan produced PROPERTY
OF THE STATE co-produced with James T Ryan and
directed by Kit Ryan and staring Aisling Loftus, Patrick Gibson, David Rawle and Elaine Cassidy. Aisling Loftus was nominated for female leading role in a feature film by the 2017 Irish Academy Film Awards, Patrick Gibson won the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award at the Irish Academy Film Award; PROPERTY OF THE STATE has been given several awards in Europe and the US, at the Emerge Film Festival in Maine it won Best Film, Best Birector for Kit Ryan, and Best Film in Festival.
2017 Terence is Executive Producer of the Science Fiction feature
produced by James T Ryan and Anis Shlewet, directed by Haz Tullul, staring Katee Sackhoff.
In 2008 Guerrilla Books Published:
The Rise and Rise of the Independents.
A Television History written by Ian Potter
This book reveals the forces behind the growth of the British independence film industry, through the people who pioneered it and the shift in power from the broadcasters to the independent producers, but above all, of the programme makers making their art their own business. Terence Ryan was one of the Pioneers of Independent Film Production in the UK.
IMDB Terence Ryan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0752866/
TRAILERS FOR TERENCE RYAN FILMS
PROPERTY OF THE
STATE feature film
BOTCHED Thriller feature film
staring Stephen Dorff and Jamie Murray
PUCKOON Feature film, based on the best-selling comic novel by Spike Milligan.
THE BRYLCREEM BOYS World War 11 Feature film
HOLD MY HAND I’M DYING Feature film based on the novel by John Gordon Davis.
FILMS IN DEVELOPMENT WITH OPIX LIMITED
SKYE a romatic comedy to be directed by Kit Ryan
BEING LOST from the book by Susan Morrall