The acclaimed theatre director is preparing to make his feature directorial debut on the David Harrower stage play adaptation Blackbird with Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn attached to star.

Australian-born Andrews most recently directed Jean Genet’s The Maids starring Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert at Sydney Theatre Company and the Lincoln Center Festival. 

He directed a revival of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire starring Gillian Anderson and Ben Foster at London’s Young Vic Theatre and is currently directing a new production of La Boheme at Dutch National Opera, a co-production with English National Opera.  

Benedict received the London Critics Circle best director award for his Young Vic production of Ibsen’s Three Sisters and his STC production of Gross Und Klein won the 2011 Helpmann Best Director award.

Credits include marathon Shakespeare cycle The War Of The Roses starring Blanchett at the 2009 Sydney and Perth festivals and his production of Detlev Glanert’s Caligula.

Andrews’ theatrical screenplay 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 original play Every Breath was produced at Belvoir Street Theatre in 2012 and by Artistas Unidos in Lisbon 2013.

He continues to be represented by Judy Daish Associates in the UK and The Yellow Agency in Australia.