Aden Young in 2012
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aden Young (born 1972) is an Australian actor. He has also turned his hand to filmmaking, directing and writing the short films The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007) and The Order (1998).
Young's first role was in Bruce Beresford's acclaimed film Black Robe (1991). They later teamed up for the third time with Mao's Last Dancer, based on the best-selling autobiography of Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin. Young portrays the Texan playboy who helps Li's defection to the West. Beresford stated that "he hasn't changed that much, he is a very accomplished actor... We picked up just where we left off. We always got along well; he's a very cooperative and thoughtful actor. Most of the actors who are well known and do lots of roles are incredibly good to work with".
Metal Skin, Geoffrey Wright's 1994 examination of suburban hopelessness and revhead subculture, saw Young win an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for a "powerful, brooding performance" as social misfit Psycho Joe whose "edgy, simmering personality threatens to boil over into madness ... Young's depiction of this unsettling metamorphosis is central to the film's success".
Young played Cate Blanchett's tortured lover Ejlert Lovborg in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. After a 2005 debut season at the Sydney Theatre Company, the production was invited to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. The process of restaging the production in New York was filmed for the acclaimed documentary In the Company of Actors (2007).
In period Australian bush western Lucky Country, released 2009, Young "spent a lot of time...chained inside a little wood locker" as unlucky landholder Nat, who as the film begins has suffered the recent loss of his wife in childbirth and must attempt to protect his home and children and survive the arrival of three gold hungry strangers, while fighting the debilitating onset of tetanus.
Young appeared as Charlotte Gainsbourg's husband on French/Australian/Italian co-production from director Julie Bertucelli, The Tree (2010) – the story of 8-year-old Simone who believes her dead father's spirit has taken up residence in a Moreton Bay fig tree on the family property. The film was adapted from the book Our Father Who Art in the Tree by Australian author Judy Pascoe, and made its premiere on the closing night of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011 Young mimed Australian female indie supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper's hit song "Even Though I'm A Woman" in the music video directed by Natalie Van Dungen, and featured in the Jason Statham/Robert De Niro action film Killer Elite as American techno geek Meyer.
Young portrayed Dr. Frankenstein in the 2014 film adaptation of graphic novel I, Frankenstein.
In June 2012 Young was announced as the lead role of Daniel Holden in Rectify, the highly anticipated first scripted drama series for the Sundance Channel, created and written by actor Ray McKinnon. The series follows the Holden's life after he is released from 19 years on Death Row for the brutal rape and murder of his girlfriend as a teenager after DNA evidence casts doubts on his guilt. The first season of the series was broadcast on television in 2013.
Directing was a "natural progression" for Young. Acclaimed short film The Rose of Ba Ziz, "a beautifully simple fable narrated by Hugo Weaving" (Andrew Urban), is about a much-loved king who leaves his kingdom because he has an allergy and does not want the flowers that set it off to be destroyed. The film was made over five days on a shoestring budget of $700. "It's basically like a folk-fairytale parable", said St Kilda Film Festival director Paul Harris, "a series of stills that look like coloured postcards from the turn of the century... It has a very haunting quality to it. Conceptually, it's very unique and very endearing. I think it's got the ability to inspire filmmakers who are suffering from some kind of block about 'How do I go out and make films, how do I go out and compete with the big guys?' If you think just outside of the square you can really surprise and delight audiences.
Young described his first film The Order as being "about a soldier who returns from the Vietnam War with the news that his best friend has died during the war and he chooses to inform the man's widow. By doing this onerous task he becomes haunted by an action that happened in his childhood and he believes that it might have started the course towards his friend's death".
He has also created music videos for Australian singer Loene Carmen.
Young was born in Toronto, Canada. His family left Toronto for Australia in 1981 when he was 9. The next decade was spent moving from town to town in New South Wales in search of the best medical care for his father Chip, who had contracted a mysterious lupus-like disease. "My mother is from Newcastle", said the actor, who still has a Canadian accent but can easily switch to an Australian drawl. "She had trained as a nurse there and maybe she thought that was where she would find the answer to my father's illness". Young attended Galston High and Australian Theatre For Young People as a teenager.
Young adapted The Rose of Ba Ziz from the children's book written by his father Chip, a well-known CBC broadcaster in Canada and a children's author. "I was about to have my first son and thought that it would be a wonderful love letter from his grandfather". Aden has two sons, Dutch Bon (born 2007) and Chester Van (born 2011) with his longtime partner, actress/singer Loene Carmen.
- I, Frankenstein (2014)
- Rectify TV series (2012)
- East West 101 TV series (2011)
- Killer Elite (2011)
- The Tree (2010) ... Peter
- Beneath Hill 60 (2010) ... Major North
- Mao's Last Dancer (2009) ... Dilworth
- Lucky Country (2009) ... Nat Doole
- In The Company of Actors documentary (2007) .... Himself/Ejlert Lovburg
- The Goat That Ate Time (2007) (voice) .... Narrator
- The Starter Wife (2007) (TV mini-series) .... Jorge Stewart
- Two Twisted- Soft Boiled Luck (2006) (TV episode) .... Patrick Dempsey
- The Bet (2006) .... Angus
- Human Touch (2004) .... George
- After the Deluge (2003) (TV mini-series) .... Young Cliff
- The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) .... Ron Buckwhiler
- Serenades (2001) .... Johann
- The War Bride (2001) .... Charlie
- Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999) .... Dr. Kalewis
- Cousin Bette (1998) .... Count Wenceslas Steinbach
- Under Heaven (1998) .... Buck
- Paradise Road (1997) .... Bill Seary
- Hotel de Love (1996) .... Rick Dunne
- River Street (1996) .... Ben
- Cosi (1996) .... Nick
- Audacious (1995) .... Stanley
- Metal Skin (1994) .... Joe
- Exile (1994) .... Peter Costello
- Shotgun Wedding (1993) .... Jimmy Becker
- Broken Highway (1993) .... Angel
- Love in Limbo (1993) .... Barry McJannet
- Sniper (1993) .... Doug Papich
- Over the Hill (1992) .... Nick
- Black Robe (1991) .... Daniel
Filmography as director
- The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007) Writer/Director/Editor... Featuring Roy Billing. Narrated by Hugo Weaving
- Loene Carmen Nashville High music video (2007)
- The Order (1998) Writer/Director
Filmography as editor
- Waste Not (2011) documentary Dir: Ruth Hessey
- Kalaupapa Heaven (2009) documentary Dir: Paul Cox
- Salvation (2009) feature film Dir: Paul Cox
- Mimic The Rain (2009) Loene Carmen music video
- Nashville High (2007) Loene Carmen music video
Awards and nominations
- Australian Film Institute Awards Nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role for River Street (1996)
- Australian Film Institute Awards Nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role for Metal Skin (1995)
- Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for Metal Skin (1995)
- "Director Bruce Beresford on "Mao's Last Dancer" | Culture". Mindfood. 2009-09-07. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "Movie Review - Metal Skin". eFilmCritic. 1994-01-01. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
- "In The Company of Actors".
- Time Out Sydney, No 59/ Preview: Lucky Country by Nick Dent
- [dead link]
- "Steve Dow, Journalist". Stevedow.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01.
-  "Killer Elite article"
- ["Lights Brighter Behind Camera" The Australian by Sandy George, Film writer | August 14, 2007]
- "Making A Short Film – Aden Young" by Dov Kornits, Film Writer 05/16/99
-  "Archibald Finalists 2008"
- "Loene Carmen's Parallel Universe"
- "To The Point on Point" Senses of Cinema, Issue 53, Paul Cox dossier | 28 December 2009"
-  "The Young And Restless" The Sunday Age by Peter Wilmoth | 24 April 1994]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aden Young.|
- Aden Young at the Internet Movie Database
- Aden Young Biography – Yahoo.com
- Aden Young article, SMH 2009
- Lucky Country review
- Triple J Interview 2009
- Aden Young Article + Interview 2009
- Seeker Lover Keeper clip 'Even Though I'm A Woman 2011
- Seeker Lover Keeper clip 'Even Though I'm A Woman' behind the scenes 2011
- In the Company of Actors