Kiwi actor Vinnie Bennett named as one of four Rising Stars

Human Traces actor Vinnie Bennett has been named as one of four Rising Stars at this year's Toronto International Film ...
Dean MacKenzie

Human Traces actor Vinnie Bennett has been named as one of four Rising Stars at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Kiwi Vinnie Bennett will be feted at next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

The 24-year-old Filthy Rich and Ghost in the Shell actor has been announced as one of four international rising stars by the festival's industry programme.

Acclaimed for his most recent role in New Zealand thriller Human Traces, the Aranui Drama Academy graduate joins USA's Mamoudou Athie (Patti Cake$), France's Lina El Arabi (A Wedding) and Ireland's Jessie Buckley (TV shows Taboo and War and Peace) in receiving specially tailored programmes and events while the festival in progress from September 7 to 17. These include seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings, sessions with leading filmmakers, media training and a series of unique networking opportunities.

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After debuting at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Human Traces will return to Kiwi cinemas in November.

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Delighted for Bennett, Human Traces producer  Nadia Maxwell says the news was "incredible". "We always pitched this project to the New Zealand Film Commission as a career-building project. It's a fantastic opportunity for Vinnie - I just think he's incredible."

Bennett himself is already in Toronto with partner and fellow actor Frankie Adams.

Mariska Schoeman and Vinnie Bennett in 2013 play Matanui.
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Mariska Schoeman and Vinnie Bennett in 2013 play Matanui.

The festival's industry director Kathleen Drumm says all four of the Rising Stars impressed them "with their nuanced performances and on-screen charisma".

 "We are thrilled to be able to showcase their talent and support their creative development, at a point where they will be discovered by audiences at TIFF and around the world." Bennett and the other three were chosen based on nominations from the festival's international programmers.

After its screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival, Human Traces will returns to cinemas around the country on November 16.

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