Aden Young (born 30 November 1971) is a Canadian-Australian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify, for which he was twice nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Young at the 2012 AACTA Awards
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, editor|
|Spouse(s)||Loene Carmen (m. 2014)|
Young was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His father Chip Young, an American born in Missouri, was a well-known CBC broadcaster and children's book author, as well as composer of Canadian classic 'Honky The Christmas Goose', while his mother is a nurse from Newcastle, Australia. His family left Toronto for Australia in 1981. Young attended Galston High and Australian Theatre For Young People as a teenager.
As an actorEdit
Young was cast in his first role, as a young Jesuit priest in Bruce Beresford's acclaimed religious epic Black Robe (1991) on his 18th birthday. International acclaim followed and Young was dubbed "the next Marlon Brando" in France and "the next Mel Gibson" in Hollywood but returned to Australia to support the local industry and focus on projects that he was more drawn to.
He took the lead role in groundbreaking Australian arthouse noir film Broken Highway (1993), directed by pioneering female filmmaker Laurie McInnes, which screened in competition in Cannes but received polarizing reviews.
Paul Cox's Exile was filmed soon after, described in Variety as "an ambitious, sometimes hallucinatory drama that tackles themes difficult to bring off successfully in the cinema". The two clashed dramatically during filming, but formed a lifelong friendship that led to Young becoming part of Cox's film family (Chris Haywood explains "Working with Cox is not dissimilar to being one of the Musketeers or part of a pirate crew") editing, appearing and helping out on many Cox productions. Exile screened in competition at Berlin Film Festival, Montreal Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Warsaw Film Festival but did not receive a theatrical release.
Young was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Best Actor award and won a Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Actor award for his role as the "ratty-looking loser" Psycho Joe opposite Ben Mendelsohn in Metal Skin (1994), Geoffrey Wright's examination of suburban hopelessness and revhead subculture, which screened internationally in competition at Venice Film Festival and Stockholm Film Festival amongst others. One reviewer wrote that "Young's depiction of this unsettling metamorphosis is central to the film's success." Geoffrey Wright stated "There could be no dispute that he is one of the best actors in the country."
After making Australian films River Street, Cosi, Hotel de Love and Paradise Road in quick succession, Young portrayed a starving Polish sculptor who spurns his lover Jessica Lange in US film Cousin Bette and as slacker desperado Buck in Under Heaven, a modern reworking of Henry James novel The Wings of the Dove.
The early 2000s saw him starring as a traumatized Canadian soldier in War Bride, a German priest in Serenades, and smaller roles in The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course and a doctor in Cox's Molokai.
In 2004 he signed onto the Sydney Theatre Company production of Hedda Gabler as Cate Blanchett's tortured alcoholic lover Ejlert Lovberg. The production also had a 2006 season at Brooklyn Academy of Music and spawned documentary In the Company of Actors.
Compelling film cameos followed, in WW1 drama Beneath Hill 60 and French film The Tree, as Charlotte Gainsbourg's husband before starring as a besieged father dying from tetanus in the Kriv Stenders period gothic western Dark Frontier aka Lucky Country.
Young reunited with Beresford for Mao's Last Dancer (2009), based on the 2003 best-selling autobiography of Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin, playing a Texan oil tycoon. Beresford stated that Young's "a very cooperative and thoughtful actor."
Young mimed the hit song "Even Though I'm A Woman", by the Australian female indie supergroup Seeker Lover Keeper, in the 2011 music video directed by Natalie Van Dungen. He played American techno geek Meyer in the Jason Statham/Robert De Niro action film Killer Elite and performed a cameo as Dr Victor Frankenstein in I, Frankenstein.
In June 2012, Young was announced as the lead character Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV Southern Gothic series Rectify, which follows Holden's journey when he is released back to his family in a small Southern town after 19 years on Death Row for the murder of his girlfriend, following new evidence. His critically acclaimed performance was hailed as "a haunted wonder" with Variety proclaiming "Aden Young's portrait of Daniel is one of the greatest performances to ever grace any screen, without question. It's a travesty he hasn't been nominated for every single acting award in the TV world. The entertainment industry should make up new awards just to give to him." Rectify was announced as a Peabody Award winner in April 2015 and Young has received two Critics Choice Best Actor nominations for Seasons 2 and 3. Rectify was in the 2018 Guinness Book of Records as "Highest Rated TV Series" for its Metacritic rating of 99.
Young played lawyer Stephen Roche in the well received Don't Tell, the true story of a young Queensland woman who sued the church over sexual abuse she suffered at her Anglican school. The film also starred Jack Thompson and Rachel Griffiths. Young was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
As a directorEdit
Young directed the acclaimed short film The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007), adapted from a children's book written by his father; the film was made over five days on a shoestring budget of $700 and featured Hugo Weaving, Roy Billing, Odessa Young and an appearance by his significant other, Australian singer Loene Carmen, who also co-composed the film's score with Jed Kurzel. Additionally, Young directed the AFI award-winning 25-minute film The Order (1999).
Young edited Paul Cox documentaries Kalaupapa Heaven Tajiri and feature film Salvation. He also directed Carmen's music videos for "Everyone You Ever Knew (Is Coming Back To Haunt You" (2015) and "Nashville High" (2007) as well as editing her music video "Mimic the Rain" (2009).
Young has two sons, Dutch (born 2007) and Chester (born 2011), with his longtime partner, Australian singer-songwriter-musician-actress Loene Carmen. They married in Zebulon, Georgia while filming season 2 of Rectify in 2014.
|1992||Over the Hill||Nick|
|Love in Limbo||Barry McJannet|
|Shotgun Wedding||Jimmy Becker|
|Hotel de Love||Rick Dunne|
|1997||Paradise Road||Bill Seary|
|Cousin Bette||Count Wenceslas Steinbach|
|1999||Molokai: The Story of Father Damien||Dr. Kalewis|
|2001||The War Bride||Charlie|
|2002||The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course||Ron Buckwhiler|
|2007||In the Company of Actors||Himself/Eljert Lovburg|
|The Goat That Ate Time||Narrator||Short film; voice only|
|2009||Lucky Country||Nat Doole|
|Shot Open||Dodek||Short film|
|Mao's Last Dancer||Dilworth|
|2010||Beneath Hill 60||Major North|
|Kissing Point||Mark Logan||Short film|
|2014||I, Frankenstein||Dr. Victor Frankenstein|
|Frontera||Sheriff Randall Hunt|
|2016||The Unseen||Bob Longmore|
|2017||Don't Tell||Stephen Roche|
|2018||Angelique's Isle||Cyrus Mendenhall|
|2003||After the Deluge||Young Cliff||TV movie|
|2006||Two Twisted||Patrick Dempsey/Clone||Season 1, Episode 7: "Soft Boiled Luck"|
|2007||The Starter Wife||Jorge Stewart||6 episodes|
|2011||East West 101||Kendrick||Season 3, Episode 6: "Behold a Pale Horse"|
Season 3, Episode 7: "Revelation"
|2013–2016||Rectify||Daniel Holden||4 seasons, 30 episodes|
|2014||Rake||Joshua||Season 3, Episode 3|
|The Code||Randall Keats||Main Cast: Series 1|
|2015||The Principal||Adam Bilic||3 episodes|
|2017||The Disappearance||Luke Sullivan|
|2019||Reckoning (TV series)||Mike Serrato||Netflix mini-series; Main role; (10 episodes)|
|1998||The Order||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|2007||The Rose of Ba Ziz||Yes||Yes||Yes||Short film|
|Loene Carmen Nashville High||Yes||No||Yes||Music video|
|2009||Loene Carmen Mimic the Rain||No||No||Yes||Music video|
|Kalaupapa Heaven||No||No||Yes||Documentary film|
|2011||Waste Not||No||No||Yes||Documentary film|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- Film Critic's Association of Australia Best Actor Supporting Role Nomination forDon't Tell'
- Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival Award for Best Actor - Winner for The Unseen (2016)
- Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series Nomination for Rectify (2016)
- Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series Nomination for Rectify (2015)
- Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nomination for Rectify (2013)
- 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)
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- "'I'm attracted to the discarded things in life'". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "BROKEN HIGHWAY - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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- "To the point on point • Senses of Cinema". Sensesofcinema.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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- "Metal Skin". Stockholmfilmfestival.se. Archived from the original on 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Movie Review – Metal Skin". eFilmCritic.com. 1 January 1994. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Young and Restless, The Sunday Age, Peter Wilmoth 24 April 1994
- Levy, Emanuel (26 January 1998). "Under Heaven". Variety.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Hedda Gabler, STC - ArtsReview". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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- Parke, Henry C. (26 January 2014). "Henry's Western Round-up: 'DARK FRONTIER' REVIEW, PLUS ANTHONY MANN RETRO, AND TARANTINO PULLS THE PLUG!". Henryswesternroundup.blogspot.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Lucky Country Review". Sbs.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Aden Young on the red carpet for the Australian premiere of Bruce Beresford's latest epic, Mao's Last Dancer, which had a successful world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival – Sandra Lee". Sandralee.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Director Bruce Beresford on "Mao's Last Dancer" | Culture". Mindfood. 7 September 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- Dungen, Natalie van den (12 May 2011). "Seeker Lover Keeper - Even Though I'm A Woman". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via Vimeo.
- "First Trailer for I, FRANKENSTEIN Starring Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Miranda Otto and Yvonne Strahovski". Colider.com. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Aden Young Snags Lead in Sundance Channel's 'Rectify' (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- Montgomery, Daniel (5 May 2016). "'Rectify': From Peabody Awards winner & Critics' Choice Awards nominee to Emmys?". Goldderby.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- Ryan, Maureen (15 December 2016). "'Rectify' Series Finale Recap: A Perfect Farewell". variety.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Rectify should put SundanceTV and star Aden Young on the map". Goldderby.com.
- Hipes, Patrick (14 December 2015). "Critics' Choice Awards Nominations: 'Mad Max' Leads Film; ABC, HBO, FX Networks & 'Fargo' Top TV". Deadline.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Rectify". IMDb.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- Kuipers, Richard (20 May 2017). "Film Review: 'Don't Tell'". Variety.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (28 September 2016). "'Damnation': Lead Aden Young Exits USA Pilot". Deadline.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "'Rectify' Star Aden Young Joins Julia Jones in Indie 'Angelique's Isle'". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "Parker Posey, Ken Jeong to Star in Indie Dramedy 'Elsewhere'". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "St Kilda Sees New Talent – Movies". Citysearch. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
- "Homebake 2011 - Film (& Performance) Line-up - Music Feeds". Musicfeeds.com.au. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "The Rose of Ba Ziz". Vimeo. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "The Rose of Ba Ziz (2007)". IMDb. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
- "The Order". Vimeo. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "The Order (1999)". IMDb.
- "KALAUPAPA HEAVEN (D) 2007". Gopattersonfilms.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- "A remarkable life - Film". Theage.com.au. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
- Heide, Jonathan auf der. "Life lessons from the editing suite of Paul Cox". Theconversation.com. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
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- "Aden Young, star of US series Rectify, on the dark role that sometimes haunts him". News.com.au. 3 January 2015.
- "About". Art of Music. Australia.
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- "Rectify - Awards - IMDb". IMDb.com. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
- Aden Young on IMDb
- Aden Young ('Rectify') on Critics' Choice nod for playing 'confused and broken' ex-con - Gold Derby 2015
- Aden Young - Rectify Golden Globes Interview
- Aden Young Delivers Fiery Response To Critics Of His Slowburning Series Rectify - Daily Telegraph 2014
- 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
- "The Young And Restless" - The Sunday Age by Peter Wilmoth, 24 April 1994
- In the Company of Actors
- The Rose Of Ba Ziz (2007), 8 mins, dir Aden Young
- The Order, 25mins, dir Aden Young
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