Get your tissues ready. ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ will make its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, and SpikeTV just released the first trailer — on what would have been Heath’s 38th birthday — including never-before-seen footage, interviews with the late actor’s friends, and even commentary from his sister.
“He wanted fame — and then when he got it, he didn’t want it.” That’s just one thing we learn about Heath Ledger, via one of his closest friends, filmmaker Matt Amato, in the new documentary, titled I Am Heath Ledger.
The documentary comes just over nine years after Heath sudden death on January 22, 2008; he was 28 at the time, and passed away from an accidental mixture of prescription drugs. I Am Heath Ledger provides an intimate look at Heath through the lens of his own camera; this includes never-before-seen footage and the reveal that he was shooting much of his personal journey.
“Through these personal home movies, we get a rare glimpse into his true character – demonstrating 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,” the press release adds.
“There were always cameras around — video camera, or Polaroid camera, or the film camera,” model Christina Cauchi said. “That’s the only way I think of him, with the camera in the hand.”
“Heath was the most alive human… and if it wasn’t on the edge, it didn’t interest him,” musician Ben Harper added. The film features interviews with actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, musicians Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N’fa, and Grace Woodroofe, and members the Ledger family.
HollywoodLifers, will you see the doc? The special premieres at Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, and air on SPIKE TV on May 17 at 10PM ET.