The two films where Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn appeared in 2013 were full of expectations and positive reviews—but neither managed to do well at the box office.
On September 9, 2013, the film “Starred Up” was released in the United Kingdom. Ben played the role of Neville alongside Jack O’Connell, Rupert Friend, Sam Spruell and other well-known actors and actresses. This British drama film was directed by David Machenzie. Even though this film was screened at the “2013 Toronto International Film Festival” and obtained good reviews, it didn’t capture the interest of the public.
The Australian-French drama film “Two Mothers” was released on January 18, 2013 at the Sundance Festival, April 3, 2013 in France and November 14, 2013 in Australia. The veteran actor played the role of Harold alongside actress Naomi Watts and actor Robin Wright. It was directed by Anne Fontaine, and the screenplay was written by Christopher Hampton. The film had a budget of $16 million USD but only managed to gross less than $3 million USD.
In 2014, Mr. Mendelsohn will star in the American production “How to Catch a Monster”. Filming for this movie began in May in Detroit, Michigan. It’s being directed by Ryan Gosling who wrote the screenplay and is also one of the producers. It has been reported that the blue-eyed actor feels strongly about his new role and is excited about filming in the United States.