Angelena Bonet

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Angelena Bonet
Born
Elena Louise Bennett

(1976-05-13) 13 May 1976 (age 42)
OccupationDocumentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter & former model/actress
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Engaged to Erick Deeby (2002–2007; deceased)
Websiteangelenabonet.org

Angelena Bonet (/Bon-ay/) (born Elena Louise Bennett; 13 May 1976) is an Australian supermodel, actress, documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter and humanitarian, whose career includes modelling for magazines such as , Vogue (Australia), Inside Sport, Maxim, Ralph, FHM; acting and presenting, roles in television, production and biopic documentaries, for which she has won both 'Best Documentary Feature' and 'Best Original Song' at the Indie Fest Film Awards (2017), Impact DOCS Awards, Accolade Global Film Competition and received three 2018 World Music & Independent Film Festival nominations. Angelena has already won 21 Awards thus far for her documentaries.

Making her debut as a professional model in Vogue Australia (1994) at the age of 18, Angelena's television and film credits include JAG (1998), Kiss The Sky (1998), Breakers (1998–1999), My Husband My Killer (2001), Ghostly Encounters (2010), Angelena: Change The World (2018), Heart Of The Matter (2018) and Change The World (2018).

Early life[edit]

Bonet was born on 13 May 1976, in Sydney, the youngest (elder of twins) of five children to James Patrick Bennett, an IT/Finance Manager and mother Geraldine Louise Bennett, a physiotherapist specialising in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and also Mental Health Facilities. Her father was Catholic and her mother Church of England, but converted to Catholicism when Angelena was 12 years old. Angelena chose the Confirmation name 'Angela', that would play a significant role in her life many years later. Despite her Catholic upbringing, Bonet is a daily yoga and meditation practitioner and cites her beliefs to be more spiritual in nature.[1][2][3]

Her childhood was "the idyllic Aussie upbringing, spending summers in the backyard pool or at the beach" – in her own words. Her family life was very stable and supportive and her artistic talents were recognised and nurtured very early on.

Bonet attended Denistone East Primary School, Marist Sisters' College, Woolwich, then St. Patrick's College, Dundas. She started studying ballet at the age of four, classical piano two years later and as a teen began attending acting and singing lessons. She honed her performance skills at concerts, school plays and eisteddfods before her professional career began at the age of eighteen.[2]

Career[edit]

Modeling career[edit]

Angelena was discovered at a hair salon in Sydney when she was eighteen years old whilst attending Williams Business College for Travel & Tourism / Secretarial studies. Then known as 'Elli Bennett', her first photoshoot was for Vogue Australia magazine and her career took off. As a commercial model and in demand swimsuit and lingerie model, Angelena Bonet worked extensively worldwide in cities such as New York City, Milan, Toronto, Manila and throughout Australia where she was named "Australian Supermodel" on Network Ten National Prime-time news after returning from Milan, Italy in 2004. She also was featured on the cover of the three biggest selling issues of 'Inside Sport' Magazine, including the 'Commonwealth Games' (1998), the 'Sydney 2000 Olympics', FHM magazine and as the covergirl for the 'Sportsmodel of the Year' issue. Featured on billboards for brands such as Panasonic and Anabella Lingerie, she also modelled for Elle MacPherson's Intimate Apparel range and was featured in TV commercials for Ministry of Sound Annual Album, Southern Cross Austereo 2Day FM Radio, McDonald's and Pepsi among other major famous brands.[2]

Film and television career[edit]

As an actress for 20 years, highlights of Bonet's works includes the US TV Series JAG, Ghostly Encounters, My Husband My Killer and the role of Robyn for two years on the popular Australian soap opera Breakers (which aired in more than 50 countries). She also played the lead role in Canadian rock band Silverstein's film clip "American Dream", featured host for NBC's AOF International Film Festival series and hosted the 'FIFA World Cup Show' in Canada (2010). She also judged the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants in Vermont (2010). Angelena has been interviewed numerous times on The D'Anise Show (Toronto) and has worked with Jay Leno warming up audiences for his talk show "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno".[2][3] She is also a regular on the red carpets and awards shows worldwide and was featured on Australia's Network Seven Broadcast of The 6th Annual Foxtel AACTA Awards held at The Star, Sydney, Australia.[4]

Music career[edit]

After modelling in Europe, Angelena began putting more energy into music and collaborating with her partner, Erick Deeby, who had written and produced songs for films such as Marvel Comics The Man-Thing and Hollywood director Brett Leonard's Feed. Deeby became a mentor to Bonet and together they created her unique sound whilst living in Sydney's bohemian red light district, Kings Cross.[2] Gaining her more incursion into the Music Business (Live performances on Radio,[5] The Hard Rock Cafe (Sydney), Lewisham Hotel, Toronto TV Shows, etc.).[6] Bonet temporarily put modelling on the back burner and focused all her energies back to her childhood roots and love for music, keeping the promise she made to Deeby at his hospital bedside, that one day she would finish their special project.

The song "Tragic Fairytale" composed by both Bonet & Deeby, from her debut Documentary film Angelena: Change The World soundtrack, won 'Best Original Song' at the Indie Fest Film Awards (2017).[7] She has independently released her EP "Tragic Fairytale" and "Angelena: Change The World" (Original Soundtrack Album) under her own Record and Publishing label Crystal Heart Records.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Angelena has never married, however, was engaged for just three days after living with her musician/producer partner of five years, Erick Deeby, when in August 2007 he suffered a massive heart attack at home and died in her arms. Deeby was then put on life support whilst in a coma for six days but died on 29 August 2007. She describes this experience as "soul shattering, but writing the music was cathartic and had a deep healing effect on her heart", although it took many years for her to feel balanced again and be able to sing their songs without crying.

During her recovery from her loss, she moved to Orange, NSW, to be with family and grieve privately and is where she composed the lyrics and melody to the instrumental pieces of music Deeby had written and recorded at his music studio for her. The first song she wrote six weeks after his death, on the way to her twin brother's wedding, was the multi-award winning song "Tragic Fairytale". She then later travelled to work in the US and Canada and decided to settle in her new home of Toronto in 2010. Bonet's affinity with Canada began as a child as her eldest brother was born at St. Michael's Hospital (Toronto) where her mother worked as a nurse. Her parents had lived there for a few years early on in their marriage before residing back in Sydney.

After experiencing true love she says she is happy to wait for the right man. Her work is her passion and focus and has a wonderful tight-knit circle of friends and family. She is now based in Sydney and Toronto and travels extensively for her work.[2][1]

Attack and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder[edit]

While visiting Melbourne in May 2012 Angelena Bonet was kidnapped, gang raped and miraculously survived attempted murder. She suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a consequence but was determined to make it through the pain. She took much needed time away from the limelight to heal and then officially retired from modelling to focus her energies and dedicate her life to philanthropy and women's rights issues. It was this life changing experience that has given Angelena a purpose and her life meaning as she has stated "it is about each of us having the power to turn tragic into magic" and that "love and forgiveness are the keys that set us free".[2] A name change was recommended by law enforcement to preserve her personal safety after her life was almost taken on 26 May 2012. Bonet chose a combination of her Birth name 'Elena' and her Catholic Confirmation name 'Angela' to become 'Angelena' which has the meaning 'God's Messenger'. She then changed 'Bennett' to 'Bonet' meaning 'Good'.

Activism[edit]

Since 2013, Angelena has aligned herself with multiple charities. She is an official volunteer blogger for Oxfam Australia and currently a member of the RAINN Org Speakers Bureau in Washington DC, USA. She is a women's rights activist lending her voice to V-Day One Billion Rising global movement; United State of Women whereby Angelena interviewed Tina Tchen (Founder), who worked in The White House as President Barack Obama's assistant and Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama for eights years. Angelena was also an invited guest for Amnesty International's Women's Leadership Awards in Sydney and the launch of their "Stop Torture" Campaign. Angelena served as Ambassador for World Mental Health Day and was a speaker for the RUOK? Day (Suicide Prevention Initiative for teens) in 2013. Angelena uses the platform of her online journalistic program "Heart of the Matter" to interview women and girls worldwide, from all walks of life to share inspiring stories and have their voices heard.[10][1] In early 2017, Angelena created her non-profit organisation Crystal Heart Foundation aimed at supporting women and girl survivors of sexual violence and those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, whilst raising public awareness and aiding other charities globally.[11][9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

"Angelena: Change The World" Theatrical poster.
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Kiss the Sky Fantasy Girl No. 1
2001 My Husband My Killer Elkin's Girlfriend No. 3
2017 Angelena: Change The World Herself Credited as: Writer, Composer, Producer & director.[1]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997–1999 Breakers Robyn 10 Episodes
1998 JAG Patron Episode: "Gypsy Eyes"
2010 Ghostly Encounters Christina Parker Episode: "Ghosts and the Vulnerable"
2014 Heart of the Matter Herself (Composer, Producer & Director) TV Documentary

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Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Miss Bondi Beauty Contest Modeling Won
1998 Miss East Coast of Australia Beauty Contest Modeling Won
2017 Impact DOCS Awards Award of Recognition Documentary Feature Won
2017 Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Recognition Documentary Feature Won
2017 IndieFEST Film Awards Award of Recognition: Liberation / Social Justice / Protest Documentary Feature Won
2017 IndieFEST Film Awards Award of Recognition Original Song: "Tragic Fairytale" composed by Angelena Bonet & Erick Deeby Won
2018 World Music & Independent Film Festival Award of Recognition Documentary Feature Nominated
2018 World Music & Independent Film Festival Award of Recognition Best Director Nominated
2018 World Music & Independent Film Festival Award of Recognition Best Female Filmmaker Nominated

[14][15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Angelena Bonet. Founder and CEO of Crystal Heart Productions. Sydney, Australia – Totalprestige Magazine". totalprestigemagazine.com. 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Crystal Heart Productions". Crystal Heart Productions.
  3. ^ a b https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0071537
  4. ^ Angelena Bonet (3 January 2017). "ACCTA Awards Red Carpet – Angelena Bonet" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Happy Jack – Morning Magazine". alive905.com.au. 30 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Marosi, Captains, Dirty, Shuda, Perry and Angelena Bonet at THE LEWISHAM HOTEL". facebook.com.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ "Awards of Recognition October 2017". theindiefest.com.
  8. ^ "Crystal Heart Productions". Crystal Heart Productions.
  9. ^ a b "Angelena Bonet. Founder and CEO of Crystal Heart Productions. Sydney, Australia – Totalprestige Magazine". totalprestigemagazine.com. 27 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Angelena Speaks Out on Violence Against Women at Australian Event".
  11. ^ "Crystal Heart Productions". Crystal Heart Productions.
  12. ^ "Angelena Bonet". IMDb.
  13. ^ "The Heart of the Matter". IMDb.
  14. ^ "Awards of Recognition July 2017". impactdocsawards.com.
  15. ^ "Award of Recognition September 2017 -". accoladecompetition.org.
  16. ^ "Awards of Recognition October 2017". theindiefest.com.
  17. ^ "Angelena's Documentary Feature Film Officially Nominated for World Music & Independent Film Festival".

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