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Principal photography begins on Rooney Mara's Blackbird

Rooney Mara

Story by Jack Foley

Principal photography has now commenced on Benedict Andrews’ new drama Blackbird, starring Rooney Mara.

Based on a screenplay by Scottish playwright David Harrower, Blackbird also stars Ben Mendelsohn and is described as an intense, unflinching examination of damaged love.

Adapted from Harrower’s celebrated Olivier Award-winning play of the same name, the film focuses on Ray (Mendelsohn) as he is confronted with his past when the young and beautiful Una (Mara) arrives unannounced at his office.

Fifteen years earlier, the two had an illicit affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. He has since built a new life for himself but she is looking for answers.

Mara recently won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in lesbian drama Carol, while Mendelsohn is best known for his acclaimed roles in the likes of Animal Kingdom and Starred Up.

Commenting on the start of production, director Benedict Andrews said: “I am relishing the opportunity to bring this vital, highly-charged story to the screen. David has written a beautiful, brutal script and I have two outstanding actors in the roles of Ray and Una. The fragility and extremities of human experience are central to my work – and Blackbird is no exception.”

Blackbird marks the feature film directorial debut of this critically-acclaimed Australian stage director. His most recent theatrical productions have included the sell-out London production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster, and Sydney Theatre Company’s touring production of The Maids at the Lincoln Center Festival, New York – which starred Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert.

The film will shoot for five weeks across the south of England.

Blackbird also boasts a strong line-up of talent behind the camera: director of photography Thimios Bakatakis (The Lobster, Dogtooth), production designer Fiona Crombie (Snowtown, Macbeth) and and award-winning editor Nick Fenton (Life, Submarine).

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