Screened as part of NZIFF 2017

Una 2016

Directed by Benedict Andrews Fresh

Rooney Mara is electrifying as the troubled young woman confronting the older man (Ben Mendelsohn) who seduced and abandoned her in this abrasive screen adaptation of David Harrower’s stage play Blackbird.

USA In English
94 minutes DCP




Jean Doumanian
Patrick Daly
Maya Amsellem


David Harrower. Based on his play Blackbird


Thimios Bakatakis


Nick Fenton

Production designer

Fiona Crombie

Costume designer

Steven Noble


Jed Kurzel


Rooney Mara (Una)
Ben Mendelsohn (Ray)
Riz Ahmed (Scott)
Ruby Stokes (young Una)
Tara Fitzgerald (Andrea)
Tobias Menzies (Mark)
Natasha Little (Yvonne)


London 2016

Opened out by David Harrower from his 2005 stage two-hander Blackbird, the first feature directed by the Australian stage director-dramatist Benedict Andrews is a crucible for the traumatic legacy of abuse – and the combustible nerviness of actors Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn.

“With deeply unresolved questions about her past, Una (Rooney Mara) travels to another city, turning up unannounced at Ray’s (Ben Mendelsohn) work and dredging up a decade-old experience that he thought he’d left behind. Mendelsohn and Mara are exceptional as the troubled and troubling Ray and Una, and Riz Ahmed makes for a perfect foil as the innocent Scott.

The film interrogates the psychology of abuse with precision, intelligence and restraint; taking on a disturbing subject, Harrower and Andrews expertly shift us through an enormous range of intellectual and emotional positions. This is filmmaking artistry of the highest order, from writing and performances to the unsettling, moody score from Jed Kurzel (Macbeth, Snowtown).” — Tricia Tuttle, London Film Festival