USC MFA / WGA
Caroline Ryder was born in Madrid, Spain to an Irish father and a Brazilian mother. When she was five, the family moved to London. She bought her first bootleg cassette in front of Camden Town Tube station—Sonic Youth’s Dirty, with Mike Kelley’s sad stuffed bear on the cover. A revelation to her virgin ears, it set in motion a lifelong passion for music.
Caroline went to the London School of Economics and gained a B.Sc. in Environmental Geography with a focus on climate change (yes, it’s happening). Her first job out of college was an internship at MTV, followed by various assistant gigs at record labels.
Soon, she realized her true calling lay in the written word. She got a job as a newspaper reporter for the Camden Chronicle and Islington Gazette, before landing shifts at a national newspaper, The Independent.
Three years later, on a road trip across America, a voodoo priestess in New Orleans told her she would have to leave her home in order to find her passion. She moved to Los Angeles, and fell in love with the city, its noirish culture, its myriad contradictions. Joe Donnelly, deputy editor of the LA Weekly, invited her to write the LA Weekly’s short-lived but hilarious fashion blog, The Style Council. Later, she wrote Variety’s style blog, the Stylephile, and was Style Editor of the LA Times’ youth culture website, Metromix. As a freelance journalist, she has written cover stories for Dazed, AnOther, Swindle, BULLETT, Rankin’s The Hunger and Flaunt. She has also contributed to Variety, the LA Times, T magazine, New York magazine, HUMANITY magazine, Monocle and NOWNESS.
Especially memorable interviews include Snoop Dogg, Yolandi Visser, Cameron Diaz, Slash, Udo Kier, Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers, Yoko Ono, Pam Grier and Larry Flynt.
She has collaborated with many fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, including UNIQLO, Sanrio and Citizens of Humanity.
When she interviewed deaf champion motocross racer Ashley Fiolek for Paper magazine, so moved was she by Ashley’s story of courage in the face of severe disability and industry misogyny, she convinced Harper Collins to let her write Ashley’s autobiography, “Kicking Up Dirt”. The book was optioned by Sony Studios and, still ranks among the top-selling memoirs in motorsports.
This lead to numerous other book projects, including “Dirty Rocker Boys” (Simon&Schuster), the high-octane, best-selling memoir of Sunset Strip sex symbol Bobbie Brown and its follow-up, “Cherry on Top” (Rare Bird, 2019).
Caroline lived in Joshua Tree for two years, returning to LA to commence her MFA in Screenwriting at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her desert-based indie feature “Mimi and Ulrich” is in pre-production with London-based Blonde to Black pictures.
She wrote a feature screenplay about the death of Mark Rothko in collaboration with the artist’s daughter, Kate, which earned her entry to the Writers Guild of America. She co-wrote a screenplay with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama/Shakespear’s Sister) about 16th century Irish rebel heroine, Grace O’Malley. Other scripts include “Don’t Call Me Daughter”, a feature tackling adulthood PTSD resulting from childhood abuse, “Odd Women” a TV period drama about Victorian-era feminists in London adapted from George Gissing’s novel, and “Angels” a TV period drama about John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s magician and astrologer.
Screenwriting accolades include Second Round, Sundance Lab 2015; Next 100, Academy Nicholl Fellowships competition, 2016 Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab, Winner, Best Graduate Screenplay, Ivy Film Festival 2016, and Austin Film Festival Second Round. She was awarded her Master’s degree in Screenwriting on May 11, her late father’s birthday.
Touchstone cinema that inspires her includes “Harold and Maude”, “Withnail and I”, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Orlando”, “Adaptation”, “Heathers”, “Drugstore Cowboy”, “Point Break”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Paris Is Burning”, “The Piano”, “Live at Pompeii”, “The Song Remains the Same”, “Lords Of Dogtown“, “My Own Private Idaho”, “The Rider”, “Meshes of the Afternoon”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “Badlands”, “Halloween”, “This Is Spinal Tap”, “The Decline of Western Civilization”, “The Life of Brian”, “The Outsiders”, “Over the Edge”, “The Deer Hunter”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, and “The Lost Boys”. She also really likes David Lynch’s “Dune”, and doesn’t care what anyone says about it.
She shot a short Super 8 film
about a beautiful girl who goes to get a vampire facial in Tijuana and ends up at Lucha Libre.
And she wrote a poem about puffins.