Hailed as one of Australia’s most iconic actors, Mendelsohn rose to prominence in the film The Year My Voice Broke. He also appeared in the popular ABC drama Love My Way before owning the role of Pope in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom. Ben has since graced Hollywood with roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Killing Them Softly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Bloodline.
Mendelsohn will first arrive in Australia for the 2017 Sydney Film Festival, where he will attend the Australian premiere of Una and participate in a discussion after the film on Friday June 9 and a second in conversation on Saturday June 10. Following the Sydney Film Festival, Mendelsohn will travel to Melbourne for two in conversation screenings on Sunday June 11.
The first Melbourne in conversation will take place on June 11 at the Astor Theatre at 4pm followed by two in conversation events at Cinema Nova from 6pm.
All three Melbourne in coversations events will be hosted by Marieke Hardy. Marieke Hardy is a curator, screenwriter, artist, author and immersive theatre maker. She has penned regular columns for The Age, The Drum, and Frankie magazine, and written for many television shows, including Laid, The Family Law and Seven Types of Ambiguity. She is co-curator of international literary salon Women of Letters and a regular panelist on the ABC’s Book Club. A collection of her essays was released through Allen and Unwin in 2011. She is a recipient of the 2015 Sidney Myer Fellowship and creates secret art parties that are produced anonymously.
Una follows a young woman’s journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una ran away with an older man, Ray, a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt arrival threatens to destroy Ray’s new life and derail her stability. Unspoken secrets and buried memories surface as Una and Ray sift through the wreckage of the past. Their confrontation raises unanswered questions and unresolved longings. It will shake them both to the core. Una gazes into the heart of a devastating form of love and asks if redemption is possible.
Based on Scottish playwright David Harrower’s much celebrated, Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird, Benedict Andrews’ Una stars Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn as protagonists Una and Ray.
Una will be released June 22 around Australia.
Tickets for the in conversation sessions are on sale now and can be purchased via the links below.