Ryan Eddleston is a Director of Photography. After graduating from Cardiff University in Journalism & Film in 2007, he began making short films & music videos. His work was seen by producers at the BBC, & in 2011 was brought into the BBC to make online content for Matt Smith’s season at Doctor Who as well as making Tentboy a short film for BBC Wales. In 2012, he made online episodes for Wizards vs. Aliens & Sherlock.
From there he focused on dop’ing & started shooting documentaries, he went to America & shot the documentary American Interior (Dir. Dylan Goch & Gruff Rhys); “shot in ravishing digital monochrome, with artful splashes of color throughout” (Hollywood Reporter) & in 2014 was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru for his cinematography. In 2013 he dop’d the documentary The Poet Who Loved The War: Ivor Gurney for BBC Four, & also in 2014 was nominated & won a BAFTA Cymru award for his cinematography. He then worked on a trilogy of improvised films culminating with Black Mountain Poets (Dir. Jamie Adams) starring Alice Lowe, Dolly Wells & Tom Cullen, which premiered at SXSW in 2015; “Ryan Eddleston’s widescreen camerawork embraces the sodden, soaring landscape in saturated tones of russet and moss, closing in as carefully on fence barbs and foliage as on the actors’ wonderfully expressive faces” (Variety).
In 2015 he went on to shoot the film Galesa (Dir. Lee Haven Jones) that blurred the line between documentary & fiction in Patagonia, Argentina. Ryan is adept at capturing unapologetically strong performances in often intimate and vulnerable environments. A talent that was particularly evident in his work in 2015 on Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge, which premiered at Venice, & screened at Toronto, BFI LFF, SXSW & Dinard film festivals; “cinematographer Ryan Eddleston shoots the crepuscular locales with a woozy, dreamy feel, conjuring a non-specific neo-noir landscape shot through with violent splashes of colour” (Mark Kermode).
After meeting Rhiana Yazzie at the SXSW film festival, he dop’d her feature film A Winter Love (Dir. Rhiana Yazzie) in Minneapolis in 2017, which is premiering at the American Indian Film Institute in 2021. He then dop’d the feature film The Fight (Dir. Jessica Hynes) which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, Ryan was nominated for the BAFTA Cymru for his cinematography & was as one of the “Best cinematographer” (Peter Bradshaw) picks of the year. He went on to dop the 1st in another trilogy of improvised films Bittersweet Symphony (Dir. Jamie Adams) starring Suki Waterhouse & Jennifer Grey which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival. Ryan then went to Brooklyn, New York & dop’d the feature film Good Posture (Dir. Dolly Wells) starring Grace Van Patten & Emily Mortimer, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival & screened at the BFI London Film Festival; “style is intimate & unflinching with cinematography by Ryan Eddleston that is full of close-ups that do great work in highlighting the strong performances from Mortimer & Van Patten.”
In 2018 Ryan went back to Minneapolis to shoot the 2nd block in the wintertime of A Winter Love (Dir. Rhiana Yazzie), then dop’d the 2nd in the improvised trilogy Love Spreads (Dir. Jamie Adams) starring Alia Shawkat & Eiza González, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, & then dop’d the final in the improvised trilogy Balance, Not Symmetry (Dir. Jamie Adams) starring Laura Harrier, Bria Vinaite & Kate Dickie, which premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival. From there he dop’d 8 episodes of the BAFTA Cymru nominated TV show Merched Parchus for BBC.
In 2019 Ryan shot Brad Boyz a comedy blap for Channel 4, then dop’d Judith (Dir. Grant Gee) that premiered as a prelude to ‘Bluebeard’ at the Munich Opera House, & worked on the documentary Gazza (Dir. Sam Collins).
In 2020 Ryan shot the UK pickups for The Invisible Man (Dir. Leigh Whannell) then dop’d the feature film Phea (Dir. Rocky Palladino). In 2021 “Ryan Eddleston’s stylish docu-drama Grav (Dir. Marc Evans) premiered on BBC” (British Cinematographer).