Sonja Bennett

Writer, Actor

Bio

Sonja starred in her first major film role in the Canadian feature film Punch. For her performance she was awarded Best Actress by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and received a special Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film and Video. After the success of Punch, Sonja was cast in series lead roles on such shows as Cold Squad and Godiva’s (both of which earned her Leo and Gemini nominations), as well as roles in numerous features including Control Alt Delete directed by Cameron Labine; Elegy in which she appeared opposite Dennis Hopper and Ben Kingsley; Where the Truth Lies directed by Atom Egoyan; and Fido in which she acted opposite Billy Connolly and Tim Blake Nelson. She also had starring roles in Fathers and Sons; Catch and Release (in which she appeared opposite Jennifer Garner, Timothy Olyphant, and Kevin Smith); Donovan’s Echo (opposite Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood); In No Particular Order (Leo nomination); Random Acts of Romance (Leo nomination), COLE (for which she received both a Genie and a Leo nomination); and Young People Fucking, for which she won the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 2010, Sonja decided to apply some of what she learned from ten years making films in front of the camera to and took up screenwriting. Her first screenplay, Christmas Is for Cats, was awarded an honorable mention in the Praxis feature film screenplay competition. Preggoland, Sonja’s second script was supported by Movie Central, Telefilm Canada and was selected for the Telefilm/CFC Comedy Exchange.

The film had a theatrical release in May 2015 with James Caan and Danny Trejo in lead roles opposite Sonja. Preggoland premiered as a special presentation at TIFF, was awarded “most popular film” at VIFF, was nominated for “best BC film” by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, won “most popular film” at the Omaha film festival and “best screenplay” at the Fargo film festival. It was also nominated for Leo awards for “best film”, “best screenplay”, and “best lead actress”.

Sonja just wrapped up a season on ABC’s Mistresses and is now writing on the new CBC comedy series Kim’s Convenience.

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Writing

Kim’s Convenience
Thunderbird/Soulpepper/CBC
Sunnyhearts CC
Telus Optik
Preggoland
Mongrel Media
Christmas Is for Cats
Available spec
Motherload
The Cultch

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Acting

Preggoland
Lead
Random Acts Of Romance
Lead
In No Particular Order
Lead
Donovan’s Echo
Lead
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Principal

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Press

A Screenwriter Is Born: Preggoland’s Sonja Bennett
Cineplex News
The Rise of the Woman-Child
Huffington Post
Human Truths Found in Far-Fetched Pregnancy Farce
Variety
Women May Finally Be Achieving Equality in the Realm of Loser Comedies
New Republic

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