An intimate documentary about the life and death of Heath Ledger
It’s been 10 years since Heath Ledger’s death shocked the world.
The body of the 28-year-old Dark Knight actor was found in his Manhattan apartment in January 2008, with his death later ruled as “acute intoxication”, as a result of an accidental overdose of painkillers and sedatives.
But now, a documentary movie based on the life of Heath Ledger is all set to premier later this month and it will surely trigger those bittersweet emotions. The documentary is certain to offer a fresh insight into the true character of Ledger.
Titled I Am Heath Ledger, the film will debut at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. The first trailer was released on what would have been the actor’s 38th birthday – and shows his friend, musician Ben Harper describing Ledger as “the most alive person”.
The director Ang Lee – who worked with the actor on Brokeback Mountain – added “Even as a supporting actor he will steal the whole show, that is the power of Heath Ledger.” Filmmaker Matt Amato explains in the trailer, “he wanted fame — and then when he got it, he didn’t want it.”
The documentary also includes interviews with his sister, Kate Ledger, musician Ben Harper, actor Ben Mendehlson. It comes ahead of an exhibition opening at the Western Australian Museum in his native Perth this October, which will detail the life of Ledger.
Watch the trailer, below.