Benedict Andrews is an Australian theatre and film director, based in Reykjavík. Born in Adelaide in 1972, he was educated at Flinders University Drama Centre. His first feature film Una was released in 2016.
Andrews has built up his body of work for theatres in both Australia and Europe. He is known for his versions of works by Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Jean Genet, and Tennessee Williams, as well as his stagings of contemporary writers such as David Harrower, Martin Crimp, Caryl Churchill and Sarah Kane. His direction of Shakespeare has gained more critical acclaim and focus than any other Australian director of the early 21st century.
Andrews has been a regular guest at London's Young Vic, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) and Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney, the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in Berlin, and the National Theatre of Iceland in Reykjavik. He also works extensively in opera. As a writer, his theatrical adaptations include: The Maids (with Andrew Upton), Three Sisters, The Seagull, The War Of The Roses (with Tom Wright) and Life Is a Dream (with Beatrix Christian). His first volume of poetry, Lens Flare, was published in 2014 by Pitt Poetry.
In November 2014, it was announced that Andrews would make his directorial debut on Una starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, an adaption of the Broadway play Blackbird by David Harrower. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival.