[22], In November 2014, it was announced Andrews would make his directorial debut on Una starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, an adaption of the Broadway play Blackbird by David Harrower. Andrews' first original play Every Breath was produced at Belvoir St Theatre in 2012 and subsequently translated into Portuguese by Jorge Silva Melo and produced by Artistas Unidos in Lisbon 2013, directed by John Romão. His prior STC production of Groß und Klein won him his third Helpmann Best Director award and toured to Paris, London, Vienna and Recklinghausen. Benedict’s first original play Every Breath was produced at Belvoir Street Theatre in 2012 and subsequently translated into Portuguese by Jorge Silva Melo for a production by Artistas Unidos in Lisbon 2013. [21] The Portuguese production was nominated for Time Out Lisbon's Best Play award. Benedict Andrews is an Australian theatre and opera director, now resident in Iceland. from Film Reviews. Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” is not a book to miss. from The Business, This week on The Treatment, Elvis Mitchell speaks with Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Strong about playing social activist Jerry Rubin in Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”, Oct. 27 Oct. 25, 2017 Paintings depict the past while imagining a future where order breaks down. In an artform that needs to be both popular and pragmatic, Benedict manages to remain that rare thing: a poet.”. Hollywood Benedict Andrews: Una. And in The War of the Roses, he rendered eight hours of Shakespeare’s history plays – four acts over eight hours – in edgy performances and unforgettable images (gold raining down on the court of Cate Blanchett’s Richard II for an hour and a half. The Hollywood Commission, a new organization chaired by Anita Hill, is out with a survey on harassment in Hollywood and plans to launch a reporting platform next year. from Hollywood Breakdown. Benedict was awarded the 2005 Sydney Myer Performing Arts Award and was the recipient of Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Foundation Fellowships in 1998. [3] His first feature film Una (an adaption of Blackbird by David Harrower) was released in 2016. The premiere of his 2016 play Gloria was shown by the Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney, directed by Lee Lewis with Marta Dusseldorp in the title role who played Queen Margaret in Andrews' The War of the Roses in 2009. From 2000 to 2003 Benedict was the Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company, and in 1997 was the Artistic Director of Magpie 2 Theatre at STCSA where he staged Features of Blown Youth, Mercedes and In The Solitude of the Cotton Fields. Actress Kristen Stewart was cast to play Seberg in the film. Oct. 16 Benedict Andrews directs Chekhov: 'My actors cannot hide' Maddy Costa Cate Blanchett called him 'brutal' and a critic branded him 'my nightmare' – now he's messing with Chekhov. Benedict Andrews is an Australian theatre and film director, based in Reykjavík. Other festival appearances included: Toronto International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, Busan Film Festival, Hampton’s Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Gothenborg Film Festival. He is known for his versions of works by Shakespeare,[4] Anton Chekhov,[5] Jean Genet,[6] and Tennessee Williams,[7] as well as his stagings of contemporary writers such as David Harrower, Martin Crimp,[8] Marius von Mayenburg,[9] Caryl Churchill[10] and Sarah Kane. © 2020 KCRW All Rights Reserved. from Arts & Culture Stories. His new feature film Seberg —starring Kristen Stewart as Jean Seberg — will have its world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, in August 2019. [2], Andrews' first volume of poetry, Lens Flare, was published in 2014 by Pitt Poetry. Oct. 6 Oct. 23 )”, “Everyone wants to work with him… He shakes up a company with his energy. Benedict Andrews is an Australian theatre and film director, based in Reykjavík, Iceland. from The Treatment. World Premiere, 76th Venice International Film Festival, 2019 This volume includes the plays Like a Sun, Every Breath, The Stars, Geronimo, and Gloria, plus an introduction by Benedict’s long-term collaborator Marius von Mayenburg. Other recent opera includes: Reimann’s Medea at Komische Oper, Berlin; Verdi’s Stiffelio at Frankfurt; Verdi’s Macbeth at Royal Danish Opera; Le Nozze di Figaro at Sydney Opera House; Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel at Komische Oper, Berlin, and Opera de Lyon; and Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulysses (ENO / Young Vic.). SEBERG. Key productions include his production of Chekhov's Three Sisters which won the Critics Theatre Award in 2012 for Best Director,[15] Groß und Klein[16] (STC, 2011) for which Andrews received the 2011 Helpmann Best Director award for the third time and which toured to Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), The Barbican (London), the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna) and the Ruhrfestspiele (Recklinghausen). In 2018, his Young Vic production of Cat on A Hot Tin Roof (starring Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney) sold out its West End run at the Apollo Theatre. Benedict Andrews: Una. from Bookworm. from Arts & Culture Stories. Andrews has been a regular guest at London's Young Vic, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin, and the National Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavik. The two-night eight-hour production of The War of the Roses incorporates all eight War of the Roses Shakespearean plays in name but largely cut out the Henrys, making it in large part a combination of both Richard II and Richard III. In autumn 2017, Dutch National Opera revived Benedict’s production of La Bohème, a co-production with English National Opera. His first feature film Una was released in 2016. [24] It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival,[25] and the BFI London Film Festival. Benedict Andrews on KCRW. In autumn 2015, he directed La bohème in London, a Dutch National Opera co-production with English National Opera (ENO). Benedict’s feature film debut Una (based on David Harrower’s play ‘Blackbird’ and starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn) premiered at the 43rd Telluride Film Festival. [13][14] The first night consisted of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V.[14] The second consisted of Henry VI and Richard III. His STC production of Jean Genet's The Maids (with Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debicki and Isabelle Huppert) was played as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival in New York City.[18]. [1][2] Born in Adelaide in 1972, he was educated at Flinders University Drama Centre. Quibi announced it’s shutting down next month, and Hollywood is trying to pinpoint what went wrong. His most recent play Gloria opened at Sydney’s Griffin Theatre in August 2016 coinciding with the publication of his Collected Plays by Oberon Books. It will be released in the US by Amazon Studios. Now based in Reykjavík, Benedict Andrews is an Australian poet, playwright, film-maker, and director of theatre and opera, . Theater director Benedict Andrews discusses the play Blackbird's adaptation to screen in his directorial film debut Una. ; The Chairs; A Midsummer’s Night Dream; The Threepenny Opera; and Measure for Measure, which was awarded Best Direction, Best Stage Design and Best Mainstage Play at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards. Andrews also works extensively in opera. From 2004 to 2010, Benedict worked extensively at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin where his productions include Saved; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Dog, the Night, the Knife; Cleansed; Drunk Enough to Say I Love You; Stoning Mary; The Ugly One; and Blackbird. He’s out this fall with two projects that focus on the Trump administration. As a writer, Benedict has adapted The Maids with Andrew Upton and The War of the Roses with Tom Wright, Life is a Dream and Three Sisters (2001) with Beatrix Christian, and his own versions of Chekhov’s The Seagull and The Three Sisters (2012). His work is marked by the intense and fragile beauty of its imagery and the sense of deep metaphor lying beneath the narrative surface. [14] The production was also memorable for having his two female leads, Cate Blanchett and Pamela Rabe, play Richard II and Richard III, respectively, while still dressing in modern gender-neutral clothing.[14]. His production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire[7] (with Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster[17]) at London's Young Vic will open at St. Ann's Warehouse, New York City, in April 2016. Artists respond to both the violence and loneliness of the pandemic. Made in L.A. Streaming music, news & culture from KCRW Santa Monica, Live streaming music, news & culture from KCRW Santa Monica. Oct. 16 For ten years now he has been applying his complex startling vision to some of our dramatic literature, as well as illuminating new writing, both nationally and internationally. “Over the past five years, Andrews has produced a remarkable body of work: his Julius Caesar looked to the torture and spectacle of the war in Iraq; his staging of Patrick White’s The Season at Sarsaparilla condensed three suburban household into one revolving brick veneer home, inviting the audience to stickybeak, watching the actors through glass windows and on surveillance cameras; he created a terrifyingly funny Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Other directing credits include Moving Target (Malthouse/Adelaide Festival/Sydney Opera House); Eldorado (Malthouse); Ur/Faust (Weimar 99/Adelaide Festival); Closer (State Theatre South Australia); A Dream Play and Mojo (Brink Productions); Wounds to the Face and Storm from Paradise (Blueprint). in which George and Martha stalked each other behind glass walls. His new feature film Seberg —starring Kristen Stewart as Jean Seberg — will have its world premiere at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, in August 2019. from The Treatment, Barbara Kingsolver discusses crossing genres of writing and her second book of poetry, “How to Fly (In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons).”. Further productions for Sydney Theatre Company include The City; The Season at Sarsaparilla (Green Room Award for Best Director); Julius Caesar; Far Away; Endgame; Life is a Dream; Old Masters; Three Sisters, La Dispute (Helpmann Award Best Director); Mr Kolpert; Attempts on Her Life; and Fireface. It will be released in the US by Amazon Studios. Australian director Benedict Andrews on his current play, his debut film and his "brave, hungry" actors. Nov. 3 Benedict’s adaptations for the stage include The Maids (with Andrew Upton), The War of the Roses (with […] His prior ENO production, Detlev Glanert's Caligula (2012)[19] was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production and toured in 2014 to the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires. His directing work has won and been nominated for various awards including Olivier Awards, London Critics’ Circle Awards, Iceland’s Gríman Awards and Australia’s Helpmann Awards. Oct. 5 Over the last five years, for example, he’s helmed high-profile theater and opera productions in London, New York, Sydney, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Copenhagen. His rehearsal rooms are muscular – brutal, even – but he loves being surprised… he has an incredible visual sense and he can wrestle any text to the ground.”, “Benedict Andrews is one of the original imaginations of Australian theatre. [11], His marathon Shakespeare cycle, The War of the Roses (Sydney Theatre Company, 2009) which was a part of the 2009 Sydney and Perth festivals,[4] received six Helpmann Awards [12] in 2012 including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play, as well as five Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Direction and Best Mainstage Production. Benedict Andrews, the play’s director, leads me to a model box featuring the same set in miniature. [23] The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Other recent opera productions includes Verdi's Macbeth at Royal Danish Opera; The Marriage of Figaro at Sydney Opera House; The Fiery Angel at Komische Oper Berlin. In 2016, Benedict’s Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby) transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York.