October 10, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office] and Swen Releasing invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of


Directed by Benedict Andrews
Based on the play Blackbird by David Harrower
Starring Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, and Riz Ahmed

Followed by a Q&A with Benedict Andrews

3:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival 2016; Toronto International Film Festival 2016; Busan International Film Festival 2016; London Film Festival 2016; Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017.

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, October 13th, 2017.


About Una

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.

Provided courtesy of Swen Releasing. Not yet rated. Running time: 94 minutes.

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About the Guest


Now based in Reykjavik, Benedict Andrews is a multi-award winning Australian director of theatre and opera. Over the past decade, Benedict has built up a remarkable and singular body of work in Australia and Europe. He is known for his radical versions of masterpieces by Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov and Tennessee Williams, as well as his stagings of cutting edge contemporary writers. His Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire (starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster) transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York this Spring. In 2014 he took his Sydney Theatre Company production of The Maids (starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert) to Lincoln Center Festival. His prior Young Vic production Three Sisters (2012) won the London Critics Circle Best Director award. His prior STC production of Gross Und Klein won him his third Helpmann Best Director award and toured to Paris, London, Vienna and Recklinghausen.

In autumn 2017 Dutch National Opera will revive Benedict’s production of La Boheme, a coproduction with English National Opera. His prior ENO production, Detlev Glanert’s Caligula (2012), was nominated for an Olivier Best New Opera Production award and toured to Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires in 2014. Other recent opera includes: Stiffelio at Frankfurt; Verdi’s Macbeth at Royal Danish Opera; Le Nozze Di Figaro at Sydney Opera House; The Fiery Angel at Komische Oper, Berlin.

His marathon Shakespeare cycle The War Of The Roses, which he adapted with Tom Wright, was the theatrical highlight of the 2009 Sydney and Perth festivals and won six Helpmann Awards, including Best Play and Best Direction of a Play as well as five Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Direction and Best Mainstage Production. Further productions for Sydney Theatre Company include The City, The Season at Sarsaparilla, Julius Caesar, Far Away, Endgame, Life is a Dream, Old Masters, Three Sisters, La Dispute, Mr Kolpert, Attempts on Her Life and Fireface.

From 2004 to 2010, Andrews 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.

For Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, he has directed The Seagull, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 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.

At Iceland’s National Theatre Benedict has directed Macbeth and King Lear, which won 6 Gríman Awards, including Best Direction and Play of the Year.

Benedict’s first original play Every Breath was produced at Belvoir Street Theatre in 2012 and subsequently translated into Portuguese for a production by Artistas Unidos in Lisbon 20thirteen. The Portuguese production was nominated for Time Out Lisbon’s Best Play award. 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. Benedict’s first volume of poetry Lens Flare was published in 2014 by Pitt Street Poetry and was awarded the 2016 Mary Gilmore Prize.

Benedict is represented by UTA in the US, Judy Daish Associates in the UK, and The Yellow Agency in Australia.

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Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

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Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 2:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu