I Am Heath Ledger is a feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.
[referring to how Heath learned character acting from Mel Gibson while they filmed The Patriot]
he used to say it's not always about what Mel says, it's about what he doesn't say
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An Endearing Portrait of a Modern Australian Legend
Well, if you're like me and you grew up in the noughties/2000s, you knew his name and you knew the various roles he played in various films. It's also easy to say, Heath Ledger is nothing short of being a modern Australian legend who lived a wonderfully fulfilling and colourful life, but sadly left this world all too soon.
This documentary sheds light on the late actor's life, produced and interviewed by some of his closest friends and family members. I was fascinated to hear how much of an energy driven person he was, so full of life and passion putting smiles on all those who knew him. Despite having the passion for acting for which he was an outstanding performer, I was also fascinated by his artistic lifestyle for painting, photography and filmmaking for which he excelled at brilliantly. I also thought It's imperative he would've gone on to do even more greater things that he was only just getting started on before his passing.
However, despite all the money and fame he earned from the tremendous efforts in his life, I was deeply concerned how someone like him would eventually sense his own mortality. I may have been only a teenager upon being shocked by the news of his passing, although it never occurred to me due to his nature to take the extra mile and give all his challenges everything he had, that he would eventually be worn out to a point of almost physically and mentally collapsing. Everyone may have a dark side, but now that I'm older and almost close to the age of his passing, I'm still trying to figure out my life and how those like Ledger were able to accomplish so much before passing away too soon.
Nonetheless, this film has such great vibes to really capture the spirit of Ledger's gizzard, even including various pieces of stock footage that Ledger himself filmed throughout his life. Peering into this window of his life was endearing as it was peculiarly curious to a point of showing how despite having been a decade since the late actor's death, this film goes to show his legacy still endures; being one of the brightest and inspiring figures of his generation.
Overall this documentary is the definitive portrait of Ledger which both old and new generations can learn from, it was an insightful feel good facts trip into the life and times of Ledger as well as an endearing one to really get some intimacy on parts of his life the world didn't know. This film is the definitive portrait of Ledger for both old and new generations to experience for themselves, cause watching his movies aren't enough.
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