How Did Critics Review Una, Film Version of Stage Play Blackbird? | Playbill

The Verdict How Did Critics Review Una, Film Version of Stage Play Blackbird? Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara star in the screen adaptation of David Harrower’s drama about sexual abuse.

Una, the screen adaptation of playwright David Harrower’s Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird, is released in U.S. cinemas October 6.

Ben Mendelsohn and Rooney Mara co-star in the film, which Harrower adapted from his two-actor play. Blackbird was seen on Broadway during the 2015-2016 season starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

Like the play, the movie tells the story of how Una, now in her late 20s, tracks down the older man who sexually abused her when she was 12. From there on out, the story is full of surprises.

Una is the first film from Australian stage director Benedict Andrews. The film also features Riz Ahmed, Ruby Stokes, Tara Fitzgerald, Natasha Little, and Tobias Menzies.

Read reviews below:

EW (Leah Greenblatt)

Film Journal (David Rooney)

New York Times (Glenn Kenny)

Rolling Stone (Peter Travers)

Variety (Michael Tedder)

Vulture (Emily Yoshida)

Blackbird premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2005, then transferred to London in 2006 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play, in a production directed by Peter Stein. Manhattan Theatre Club produced the play’s 2007 New York premiere, which starred Daniels and Allison Pill under the direction of Joe Mantello.

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