Angelena Bonet

Angelena Bonet

Founder & CEO at Crystal Heart Productions
Filmmaker, Singer, Actor and Host/presenter

Toronto, Canada

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About Angelena

Angelena Bonet, is the Founder and CEO of her companies, Crystal Heart Productions and Crystal Heart Records and has created four documentary films, including the soundtracks, which she has written, directed, edited and produced in their entirety. Angelena's work includes a documentary feature film trilogy consisting of “Angelena: Change The World”, “Angelena: Heart Of The Matter” and “Angelena: Light At The End Of The Tunnel” and has also created a documentary short film “Change The World” which all feature the original music soundtrack she co-wrote and sung from her heart and soul with her late fiancé, Erick Deeby. He had written and recorded instrumental pieces of music for her between 2005 and 2007 then suddenly and unexpectedly passed away three days after they got engaged in August 2007. She then wrote the lyrics and melody to his music after his devastating death and during her time of deepest grief. Then on May 26, 2012 she was a victim of a violent sexual crime whereby she was kidnapped and gang-raped but miraculously survived the attempted murder in her homeland of Australia. Suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a consequence of the horrific attack, orchestrated by someone that she knew and trusted, she vowed to not be silenced and chose to stand up and speak out, not only for herself, but for every other woman and girl who have survived similar violence. Angelena is proud to share her story and songs, which have won over 100 film and music awards worldwide thus far, including numerous ‘Best Inspirational Film’, ‘Best Social Justice Film’ and "Best Original Soundtrack’ awards. She has also won the ‘Humanitarian Award’ at the Jane Austen International Film Festival 2020 in the U.K. and the “Human Spirit Award’ at the DOCS Without Borders Film festival in The Bahamas. Angelena is nominated for ‘Best Woman Filmmaker’, ‘Best Inspirational Film’ and ‘Best Music Video’ at the Annual Vegas Movie Awards after winning seven monthly awards in a row last year! Her new documentary “Heart Of The Matter” is currently in post production and will be released later in the year.

Born in Sydney, Australia as Elena (Elli) Louise Bennett, Angelena describes her evolution in life as the growth from Elli Bennett, world class supermodel to Angelena Bonet, activist, spokesperson, singer-songwriter and documentary filmmaker. She is dedicated to stopping the silent epidemic of abuse and to helping others rise above their pain and adversity by making their voices heard. As a commercial model Elli (Angelena) worked extensively worldwide with billboards in New York City and throughout Australia where she was named "Australian Supermodel". Elli was featured on the cover of the three biggest selling issues of "Inside Sport" Magazine, including the Olympics issues and as covergirl for the Sports Model of the Year issue. Featured on billboards for brands such as Panasonic and Annabella Lingerie, she modelled for Elle MacPherson’s Intimate Apparel range and was featured in TV commercials for 2 Day FM, radio, McDonald's and Pepsi among others. As a performer and entertainer for 20 years, highlights of Elli's work includes JAG, Ghostly Encounters, Suits, My Husband My Killer and the role of Robyn for two years on the Australian soap opera Breakers (which aired in more than 50 countries). She also played the lead in Canadian rock band Silverstein's film clip American Dream and was a featured host for NBC's film festival series and The FIFA World Cup Show. Elli was a judge for the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageants, was interviewed and co-hosted numerous times on The D'Anise Show (Toronto) and has worked with Jay Leno warming up audiences for The Tonight Show in Los Angeles. After modelling in Europe, Elli began putting more energy into her music, and creating her unique sound while living in Kings Cross, Sydney. Then her fiancé of three days unexpectedly passed away in 2007. During her recovery from her devastating loss, she traveled to work in the US and Canada and decided to settle in her new home of Toronto. While visiting Australia in May 2012, Angelena was kidnapped, gang raped and miraculously survived attempted murder. She suffered PTSD as a consequence but was determined to make it through the pain. She took much needed time away from the limelight to heal and then officially retired from modeling. In what she defines as a 'rebirth', she emerged as Angelena (a combination of her confirmation name, Angela, with her given name Elena). She describes the last thirteen years as the most excruciating yet transformative time in her life where she has found her voice and purpose. She has dedicated her life to working for the end of violence against women and to easing others' pain through her work. She says “it is about turning tragic into magic!”

Now empowered by the crime that almost took her life, Angelena is a warrior in the fight to end violence against women. With a fierce commitment to helping victims heal and take back their life, she brings to bear a multitude of talents, wisdom and personal experience. Only from the depths of her despair and darkest days has she truly found her voice and the courage to share about her experiences and to speak out. After surviving the life-changing crime in 2012, Angelena wanted to make a difference in the world and bring to light issues generally swept under the carpet. Before the #MeToo movement had begun, she chose to go public with her story and decided to create and launch her production company, Crystal Heart Productions, in Toronto in 2014 with the intention of interviewing women and girls all around the world and from all walks of life for an online journalistic web series “Heart Of The Matter”, and thus allowing women’s voices to be heard. She then included interviews with women's rights leaders such as President Obama's Women's Equality Advisor Tina Tchen, Tony award-winning playwright and activist Eve Ensler and the CEO of Canadian Women's Foundation, Paulette Senior in her sequel "Angelena: Heart Of The Matter” which has won numerous film festival awards worldwide.

Bonet has served as the Australian Ambassador for World Mental Health Day, an official blogger for OXFAM, a public speaker at V Day One Billion Rising Organization events, a current member of the RAINN Organization Speaker Bureau in Washington D.C. and also raises awareness and funds through her non-profit organization, Crystal Heart Foundation. Her mission is to support charities that are in alignment with ending of violence against women and supporting survivors’ recovery from PTSD.

She sends a powerful message of self-love and healing through her documentary films as well as her singing, songwriting, public speaking engagements and her non-profit work. Based on her life experiences and connections with people from all walks of life, Angelena tells us “it is crystal clear to me that love and forgiveness really are the keys. They can and do conquer all”. From Australian supermodel to multi-award winning documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter and humanitarian her message is one of peace, love and unity…

Unique traits: Australian / Twin

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