‘I am Heath Ledger’ Documentary Coming Soon
A shining star in 19 films such as the Joker in Batman and Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Heath Ledger is remembered for his authoritative acting capabilities yet humble personality. Fully immersing himself into controversial and dark characters, Ledger’s creative passion for acting and film was evident in every movie and his death still brings tears and dismay to the public eye. On April 3, a trailer was released titled, ‘I am Heath Ledger’ which compiles never before seen footage and commentary from Ledger’s friends, family, and colleagues.
‘I am Heath Ledger’ includes ample insight from those closest to him, whether on the stage set or in the comfort of his own home, as it explores every aspect of his life. Hilarious, happy and challenging moments are stressed in scenes from his most respected movies and his facial expressions in never before seen footage. Revealing what happens behind cameras, the documentary authenticates Ledger’s battle with fame. In fact, filmmaker Matt Amato extends,”He wanted fame and when he got it, he didn’t want it anymore.”
In addition to famous filmmaker Amato, the documentary includes recognizable names and loved ones of Ledger. Ang Lee, director of the 2006 film Brokeback Mountain, provides insight on Ledger’s memorable acting role in the film. Also, Ledger’s sister, Kate Ledger, and close friend, Ben Harper, share touching memories.
Furthermore, Ledger’s childhood friend’s, Trevor Dicarlo, intuitive commentary exemplified Ledger’s aspirations beyond acting. In the trailer, Dicarlo stated, “He was always a director, acting was just a way to get there,” which emphasized his wide array of talents and passion for all aspects of film.
Unfortunately, Ledger’s dreams of being a film director can never be carried out because of his tragic and accidental death. Ledger’s death in 2008 was a tragedy our nation mourned and continues to mourn today. ‘I am Heath Ledger’ is expected to commemorate this loss and honor his legacy. This heartbreaking yet fascinating documentary will premiere April 23 at the Tribeca Film Festival, select theaters nationwide on May 3, and makes a Spike TV world television premiere May 17.