Sometimes it seems like every movie in theaters features heroes with superpowers, trips to outer space, huge battles, and giant explosions. But sometimes it’s nice to sit back and watch a film that’s realistic and carried by the actors, rather than the effects. That is the kind of film Una appears to be.
Based on the play Blackbird by David Harrower and directed by newcomer Benedict Andrews, Una is about a young woman, played by Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) arriving at the workplace of a man whose name might be Pete, or it might be Ray, played by Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). Something clearly happened between them when Una was a child. Now, the new trailer does not specify what it was, but it’s not hard to guess.
The trailer released by Shaw Theatres shows Una confronting Pete/Ray, clearly wanting closure, which he does not seem able to give. Whatever happened between them, he’s moved on, and it does not seem like he’s all that eager to relive these memories. Their encounter gives way to tears and threats as she fights for what she needs and he simply tries to make her go away.
Interspersed through the trailer are flashbacks to their past, where young Una is played by Mara lookalike Ruby Stokes, who is making her film debut. This confrontation forces both characters to face up to what happened between them, and the aftermath they faced. Also present is Pete/Ray’s co-worker Scott, played by Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Night Of) who seems to be aware that something may not be right. The trailer promises a smart and dark thriller, where what is unsaid seems to be more important that what is said.
Una is adapted by Blackbird playwright Harrower. On stage, Blackbird is an intimate play, it has a cast of three and is set in one room, the break room of Pete/Ray’s job where these two characters have their confrontation. On film however, Harrower expanded the universe to include other characters, like the aforementioned Scott, and locations.
Having already played several film festivals, Una was an official selection at both the Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. The film will receive an official release in Singapore on January 19th, 2017. That is the only current release date however, as Una has no United States distributor at this time. If the trailer is any indication of how good a film it is, one can only hope it gets a wide release is the States soon.
We’ll keep you updated on Una as more information becomes available.