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I Am Heath Ledger         review Bobby Blakey

I Am Heath Ledger recount his remarkable acting career, from his early days performing in Australia to his rapid rise in the Hollywood spotlight. The documentary also showcases footage captured through the lens of Ledger's own camera, offering a unique look into his personal life. I Am Heath Ledger will present a side of Heath that no one has seen before - until now.


In addition to never before seen footage, I Am Heath Ledger  will feature a wide range of interviews, from close friends and family members to industry colleagues including directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke; actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch; musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N'fa, and Grace Woodroofe; and the Ledger family. It’s always interesting to see what direction they go with a story about a celebrity like this and I was glad to see it was more about his life and art than just the movie career. Make no mistake that is a huge part of who Ledger was and why we knew who he was, but his passion for art, music and filmmaking was so much more than I ever knew. This film uses a pretty standard format to bring the film to life, but the use of lots of interviews and personal videos shot by Ledger himself gives you a true insight to who he was.


Whether you were a fan of Ledger’s or not this is a film that showcases someone who was truly special and left this world too soon. There are some great stories about the films he made and hearing the people in his life speaking about him shows how much he meant to everyone that came in contact with. If you didn’t get a chance to check this film out when it aired on SpikeTV you can grab your own copy of it available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Virgil Films and Spike TV.

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