We’re excited to hear that Ben has been nominated for an Emmy for his role as Danny Rayburn in ‘Bloodline’. He is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama series. This is the third year in a row he’s been nominated and he won last year’s Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Congratulations, Ben!
In other news, we finally have the trailer for Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill biopic ‘Darkest Hour’. Ben plays a supporting role as King George VI. Watch the trailer:
Darkest Hour will be released November 22nd.
Sydney Film Festival is geared to start soon and Ben is getting a jump on promoting ‘Una’ and ‘Bloodline’ while in Australia. He’ll be in Sydney and Melbourne for premiere screenings and Q&A/conversations of ‘Una’ while the festival is going on.
Ben was a guest the other night on talk show Drive, hosted by Veronica and Lewis. The entire interview hasn’t been uploaded yet, but here’s a brief clip of Mendo doing a reading of “The Lion King”:
Ben was also interviewed on the Australian current affairs show “7.30” the other night. He talked about playing a pedophile in ‘Una’, being homesick about Australia, Rogue One, being unemployed for a time, and his success. You can watch the whole segment below or read the transcript here:
Ben will return to Sydney in June to attend the premiere of ‘Una’ at the Sydney Film Festival and hold a conversation event/Q&A with audiences, along with director David Caesar (‘Idiot Box’, ‘Mullet’).
From the film festival website:
Following the screening of Una, Ben Mendelsohn and director David Caesar will discuss the film and his extraordinary career from the beginnings in Australia to his more recent international successes.
The screenings and conversations will be held on June 9th and 10th.
‘Una’ will also have a Melbourne premiere on June 11th, and Ben will hold 2 Q&As after that screening as well.
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 a second in conversation at Cinema Nova at 6pm.
Gorillaz’s new album, Humanz, was released this week and you can buy the album on iTunes and Amazon. Ben has narrated several interludes for the album so be sure to give it a buy or a listen!
A brief video of Ben recording, from Gorillaz’s Instagram story:
Ben spoke to music mag Q Magazine about working with Gorillaz:
“I came to this already a fan. I got a call asking if I was interested. Obviously, yes. We did a couple of sessions which were a blend of written lines and jumping off from them into structured ad lib. After that I’d just blurt whatever for a while. I’d keep going at it till Damon got something he liked. I left with my fan hat firmly still on. I now have a T-shirt and scarf to match.”