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British writer/director Ben Ryder’s style combines an obsession with tense emotive storylines, dramatic lighting and powerful locations. His latest short, ‘Mrs Kaye’, is a Kafkaesque nightmare of bureaucracy which won 'Best Film & Best Director' at the Ayr International Short Film Festival, 'Best Cinematography' at the 2015 Durham Film Festival as well as screenings at the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival, Aberdeen Film Festival, Henley Film Festival and the Hampshire Film Festival. His 2013 short film ‘Guardian’, a thriller about a man who meets his guardian angel, was awarded best film at the Tried and Trusted Junior Short film festival, and features on the website Cinephilia & Beyond’s ‘Filmmakers to Watch’ section. Ben has also directed music videos for various artists. His music video for 'Vote No Borders' - the campaign for Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom - clocked up 29,000 views in a week. The controversial video shows a wall being constructed between the two countries which is then destroyed by pro-union supporters. The video was the subject of intense debate in the independence discussion. It was during production of this video in rural Renfrewshire that Ben was exposed to the raw majesty of the Scottish countryside which has influenced his screenplay ‘Exposure’. Ben has a degree in Modern Languages from Newcastle University. During his studies he worked for Parisian production company Partizan. Whilst there, as well as translating director treatments, he was responsible for organising and promoting a screening of Kim Chapiron’s ‘Dog Pound’ to underprivileged teens in the ‘banlieue,’ France’s equivalent of the ‘projects,’ which feature in Ben’s favourite French film ‘La Haine’ On returning to the UK, and whilst creating his own short films, Ben worked in the location department on Working Title's ‘Les Misérables', Edgar Wright’s 'The World's End', James Marsh’s Stephen Hawking biopic ‘Theory of Everything’, The Weinstein Company’s ‘Tulip Fever’ and James Marsh’s upcoming Donald Crowhurst biopic ‘Deep Water’ for BBC Films/Blueprint Pictures. Being involved from the early stages of pre-production through to wrap has allowed Ben to learn through recces with directors and DPs about creative decision making and the constantly evolving storytelling process that is filmmaking. Recently Ben worked as the personal assistant to critically acclaimed director Ritesh Batra (‘The Lunchbox’) on the soon to be released BBC Films/ Origin Pictures adaptation of the Julian Barnes novel 'The Sense of an Ending.' This experience gave him an even deeper insight into the creative journey of a successful writer/director throughout production. A keen road cyclist, Ben often finds creative inspiration on his journeys through urban and rural landscapes as well as recently raising £3000 for charity in a 100 mile cycling event in London. A passionate observer of the world around him, Ben’s approach to filmmaking is as intellectually rigorous as it is creative. His experience with some of the world’s top directors, combined with his immersion in French and Spanish and global culture give him a powerful understanding of how filmmakers can best convey universal stories about the human condition.
Filmed and edited online content for alternative No campaign in the Scottish Referendum "Vote No Borders." Directed and Producer - Music Video 'Why Build Another Wall" the official campaign song which clocked up 30.000 views in a week.
Directed and Produced this short film. Best Film - Durham Film Festival 2015 Best Film & Best Director - Ayr International Short Film Festival 2015 Official Selection - Sunderland Shorts Film Festival 2015 Official Selection - Henley Fringe Film Festival 2015 Official Selection - Hampshire Film Festival 2015
Directed this short film. Best Film - Tried and Trusted Short Film Festival 2014 Featured on Cinephilia & Beyond Filmmakers to watch section
2:1 BA Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
Durham Film Festival - Mrs Kaye https://vimeo.com/110344770
Ayr International Short Film Festival - Mrs Kaye https://vimeo.com/110344770
Tried and Trusted Junior Short Film Awards https://vimeo.com/110249594
Cinephilia and Beyond https://vimeo.com/110249594