It’s been nine years since Heath Ledger shocked the cinematic world with his vivid portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. Even though he was an Oscar nominee for the film Brokeback Mountain, he was perceived as a pretty boy actor devoid of any real depth. Ledger himself turned down roles that would cast him as the next Hollywood matinee idol. His main goal was to express himself as an actor in serious roles. While starring in films like 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knights Tale turned him into a star, his small role in Monster’s Ball showcased his dramatic chops. Ledger kept a Joker diary to totally immerse himself in the role, but by the time the world saw his flawless performance, he was gone and we could only imagine what the rest of his great career would have looked like.
I Am Heath Ledger is a new documentary from filmmaker Derick Murray and produced by Spike TV that gives us an intimate glimps into the private life of the actor. The documentary chronicles the rise of his career as told by family and friends. We also get a view of Ledger through his own eyes through his own home videos of himself. In addition to acting, he also directed music videos for musicians like Ben Harper and was very interested in becoming a film director.
I Am Heath Ledger will premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival on April 23, will have a brief theatrical run in May and will be aired on Spike TV on May 17. The documentary looks like a great celebration of his life and career, and what might have been.