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MOVIE REVIEW: I am Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger was one of Australia’s brightest acting talents and his sudden death at the age of 28 shocked the world. He left behind a daughter he adored, an impressive film legacy …. it can be argued his best was yet to come … and an extensive collection of private home videos that showed there was so much more to the man than many of us realised.

From a young age, Heath knew he wanted to act and the minute he could, he and his best mate left Perth and drove across the country to Sydney to begin his career. The documentary includes all the major points in his acting life, of course, but it focuses on Heath’s art and private films.

Heath filmed everything. He filmed his family, his friends, his lovers, the sidewalk, a dog, a mirror….he documented it all. It was in part to teach himself about film making, as he hoped one day to direct, but it was also just who he was.

This documentary is a very personal tribute to the man behind the actor. It brings together many of the most important people in his personal and professional life. They paint a picture of a deeply creative soul who was forever restless and sensed his time on this earth would be limited so he strived to live each and every moment fully alive.

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It addresses yet shies away from the darker side of Ledger’s existence, understandably so I guess, but that does leave rather a lot of questions. They talk about his endless energy, endless enthusiasm, his inability to sleep, that he would call at 3am to talk and appear at your door at 5am. We are all smart enough to know this must have had a downside and thus his drug issues towards the end of his life but it is what it is.

I found this documentary extremely watchable and it showed a side to the man I am sure few realised existed. A worthy way tribute to a wonderful human being who is still sadly missed.

4 stars

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Director : Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray

Starring : Heath Ledger, Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Emile Hirsch, Ang Lee, Catherine Hardwicke, Ben Harper

Running Time :  92 minutes

Release Date :  In selected cinemas now for a very limited time

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