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New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« on: April 05, 2017, 08:02:15 am »
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/i-am-heath-ledger-documentary_us_58e3e828e4b03a26a366d804

The Trailer For Spike’s Heath Ledger Documentary Will Make You Misty-Eyed
Get your tissues ready.
By Julia Brucculieri

It’s been almost 10 years since Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose, but the world has not forgotten him.

The late actor is the subject of a new documentary, soon to be released by Spike, titled “I Am Heath Ledger.” The trailer for the film, which includes interviews with his friends, family and fellow Hollywood stars, was released on Tuesday ― and it’s got us reaching for the tissues.

“Heath was the most alive human,” says singer-songwriter Ben Harper. “If it wasn’t on the edge, it didn’t interest him.”

The almost 3-minute spot features plenty of intimate footage of Ledger ― and his signature smile ― along with clips from some of his most famous movies, including “Brokeback Mountain” and “Lords of Dogtown.”

“I Am Heath Ledger” premieres on April 23 at the Tribeca Film Festival, with limited release starting May 3. It will also air on May 17 on Spike.
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 08:03:26 am »
The official trailer:

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PPTDsTnaPk[/youtube]
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 09:53:22 am »
I live under a rock. Is "Spike" a person or a TV network? (Some of them have pretty strange names.)
"It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellow-men, and travel far and wide."--Charles Dickens.

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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 11:33:26 am »
I live under a rock. Is "Spike" a person or a TV network? (Some of them have pretty strange names.)

Sort of both.

Cable channel: 


Person (well, vampire):
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 11:39:47 am »
Thanks. I knew about the vampire. Also Spike Lee, but I felt pretty sure it wasn't him.
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 05:07:59 pm »
Not sure if this has been posted (it was last November) but I just found it in reading about this documentary in Australian news.

Movie scripts, Academy Award part of exhibition honouring life and work of Heath Ledger

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-12/heath-ledger-perth-exhibition-to-feature-memorabilia/8020490

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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 11:08:27 am »
It will also air on May 17 on Spike.

Must mark the calendar, and set the  dvr  to record.


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2017, 06:41:00 am »
Just watched the trailer. Brings the heartbreak back. But oh, that smile.
All the things that could have been, what a loss. :'(

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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2017, 02:52:16 pm »
Going tomorrow!
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2017, 06:09:55 pm »
Looking forward to your review!  :)


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2017, 06:48:06 pm »
Can't decide whether to go tomorrow or wait for it on May 17.



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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2017, 06:55:59 pm »
Oh, let us know what you thought!


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 10:42:56 pm »
Just got back from seeing this.

Overall, it's a well done film.  Lots of unfamiliar footage of and, especially, by Heath--really the best part.  Interesting, personal stories by people who knew and loved him.  More standard format than I had expected:  the usual talking heads (seated in front of a Sears-portrait-studio backdrop, strangely), the usual chronological approach. 

Understandably adoring of Heath--his bright light, his energy, his generosity, his great potential as a director--and little mention of anything negative.  Nothing sensational about his death, thankfully.

Lovely words from Ang--the Chinese saying "even god is jealous".

I was especially moved by Ben Harper.  His story of being asked by Heath to write Matilda a lullaby, and then singing it, got to me.

Very sparsely attended.  After the credits, they played what must be the dvd extras. 

I'll always be sad that Heath never got to direct the chess-related novel, "The Queen's Gambit", possibly with Elllen Page.  With his extensive talent at chess, I'm sure he could have created a fascinating visual interpretation.
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2017, 06:47:00 pm »
Thanks Paul!


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2017, 10:15:05 pm »
Can't wait to see it!
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2017, 10:46:23 am »
Just got back from seeing this.

Overall, it's a well done film.  Lots of unfamiliar footage of and, especially, by Heath--really the best part.  Interesting, personal stories by people who knew and loved him.  More standard format than I had expected:  the usual talking heads (seated in front of a Sears-portrait-studio backdrop, strangely), the usual chronological approach. 

Understandably adoring of Heath--his bright light, his energy, his generosity, his great potential as a director--and little mention of anything negative.  Nothing sensational about his death, thankfully.

Lovely words from Ang--the Chinese saying "even god is jealous".

I was especially moved by Ben Harper.  His story of being asked by Heath to write Matilda a lullaby, and then singing it, got to me.

Very sparsely attended.  After the credits, they played what must be the dvd extras. 

I'll always be sad that Heath never got to direct the chess-related novel, "The Queen's Gambit", possibly with Elllen Page.  With his extensive talent at chess, I'm sure he could have created a fascinating visual interpretation.

Thank you for that thorough review, Paul!  :)

I didn't realize Heath was a talented chess player.

I would have liked to see them dig in a little bit to his preparation for his roles in BBM but maybe even more for his role in Lords of Dogtown, which he was also great in but I know less about and involved some physical transformation and perhaps learning to surf and skateboard (if he didn't know already -- being Australian you'd think he'd at least have surfed).

And then, frankly, I would have liked to see more about his death. Not sensationalized, but explanatory. I suspect he was deeply depressed for any number of possible reasons -- the breakup with Michelle the most obvious, but maybe others as well. But how did it happen? How did he get to that point?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing it on the 17th.




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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2017, 09:32:27 pm »
Thank you for that thorough review, Paul!  :)

I didn't realize Heath was a talented chess player.

I would have liked to see them dig in a little bit to his preparation for his roles in BBM but maybe even more for his role in Lords of Dogtown, which he was also great in but I know less about and involved some physical transformation and perhaps learning to surf and skateboard (if he didn't know already -- being Australian you'd think he'd at least have surfed).

And then, frankly, I would have liked to see more about his death. Not sensationalized, but explanatory. I suspect he was deeply depressed for any number of possible reasons -- the breakup with Michelle the most obvious, but maybe others as well. But how did it happen? How did he get to that point?

Anyway, I look forward to seeing it on the 17th.

Apparently Heath was a few points short of being a chess grand master, whatever that is.

While there wasn't a whole lot about prepping for Ennis,  Ang did say that Heath's performance in "Monster's Ball" sealed the deal.  But, Ang still wasn't sure he could "carry" a film.

As for "Lords of Dogtown", there is a section where they talk about Heath's physical transformation, including the wig and the teeth, which maybe was his idea.  It seemed that Heath was pretty comfortable with the surfboard and the skateboard already.  It was also mentioned that Heath had completely gotten the voice down for the role.  Nice to see Emil Hirsch commenting all these years later. 

As for Heath's death, I think they made a particular effort to say how happy he was to be filming "Imaginarium" and seemed to be refuting any sense of depression on his part.  Rather, the strenuous efforts doing the film, in the London damp winter, having pneumonia and being exhausted were stressed. 

Yet, the film also mentioned that Heath somehow felt that he would die young.  I didn't know that. 

Katherine, I look forward to your own review. 
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2017, 12:15:27 pm »
Nice to see Emil Hirsch commenting all these years later. 
 

Yeah, and OT, but whatever happened to Emil? He was such a good actor, was great in LoD and in some other good films like Into the Wild, and lately ... nada.


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2017, 06:43:14 pm »
Katherine, I look forward to your own review. 

yes, so do I


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2017, 10:06:36 am »
Oh-oh, the pressure's on! Better go set the VCR.



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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2017, 02:52:32 pm »
haahaahaaa   :laugh:


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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2017, 01:19:50 pm »
On tonight on SPIKE! Who's watching?
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Re: New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2017, 06:26:30 pm »
Too late for me, but I set my tv to record  it, so I can watch it over  the  weekend.


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New Documentary "I Am Heath Ledger"
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I very much enjoyed this documentary and would not have known that it was on without this thread. Thanks Alan Cox