Heath Ledger was best known for his roles in the popular movies “10 Things I Hate About You”, “The Patriot”, “A Knight’s Tale”, “Lords of Dogtown”, “Brokeback Mountain”, and his final film “The Dark Knight.” To the world he was seen as an incredibly talented young, Australian actor, but to his friends and family he was so much more. He was an artist, a giver, a son, a brother, a friend, a lover, and a father. He was someone who was passionate about his work, his art, his friends, and his family.
Sadly, Heath died on January 22, 2008 at just 28 years old from an accidental overdoes of a combination of prescription medicines. Leading up to his death, he battled with chronic insomnia, pneumonia and exhaustion, which is what the combination of drugs were prescribed for, according to People. He was not using the drugs recreationally.
On May 17, 2017, Spike Network aired a feature length documentary titled “I Am Heath Ledger” in which friends and family speak about the beloved and missed actor. They share memories and details of how Heath chose to live his life, what kind of person he was, some of his struggles, and they even recount that fateful day of finding out that he died. The documentary also provides personal footage and photos that Heath documented himself, giving the fans a closer glimpse into his life.
“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 – extravagant in gesture and in action. It was his creative energy and unshakable willingness to take risks that instilled such an extraordinarily deep love and affection in the people that entered his life. Heath’s artistic nature and expression set him apart from the Hollywood mainstream, vaulted him to stardom and endeared him to the world.” – iamheathledger.com
As a fan of Heath Ledger – and as someone who doesn’t typically watch documentaries – I really enjoyed this intimate glimpse into his life and the kind of person he was. Heath seemed to be a genuinely good human being all around – caring deeply for his friends and family while simultaneously having a passion for the art of film and all that it had to offer. His loved ones spoke so highly of him, and I believe that says a lot about who someone is. In the end, it’s not really about the movies made, but rather the impact you left behind on those closest to you, that matters most. Even though he died too soon, Heath left behind an iconic legacy for his daughter, Matilda, filled with personal videos and good memories from his loved ones. He may have had his struggles and personal demons just like everyone does, but he didn’t let that control his life, and it’s also not what took his life. I hope that’s what people take away from this documentary so they remember him as a warrior who battled his demons while simultaneously being passionate about life and art, not as someone whose demons won the battle.
You can watch the trailer and order a copy of the documentary at iamheathledger.com