Heath Andrew Ledger
Many of us have followed Heath since early in his career. We feel as if we have watched him grow up, develop as a dedicated talented actor and watch him grow as a loving, caring father. His impact on our lives is immeasurable. This fanbase is a close knit family in itself and we were all brought together due to our interest in this special individual. While we may never totally get over the loss of Heath and we mourn the fact that we will not be able to witness his continued growth as an actor and human being, we will never forget him or our friends that we have met at this site.
Here is info on a special tribute to Heath Ledger planned for February 12, 2011…
Heath: A night under the stars celebrating one of its finest is a one time only event to pay tribute to the late Perth actor.
Family, fans and friends - including Gemma Ward - will attend the event on February 12 at Movies by Burswood in the Burswood Parklands.
The tribute has been endorsed by his family and will showcase a screening of Ledger’s Oscar winning role in the film The Dark Knight.
Proceeds from the event will go to His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation, Australians in Film and Television.
Gates open at 6.30pm, with the screening commencing at 8pm.
Tickets are $30 for adults or $20 for children under 12, with $160 VIP packages available which include premium seating and a picnic hamper.
Tickets are on sale from January 6 from www.moviesbyburswood.eventix.com.au.
Rob Stoykovski is in the process of planning a tribute worthy of Heath Ledger.
It is a lot of pressure for the ambitious 23-year-old and his four-man team who run local events, marketing and promotions company I-Spy. I-Spy is behind the coming Heath: Official Tribute Night, an evening in honour of the late Perth actor which will take place on February 12 at the Burswood Entertainment Complex.
The event has been years in the making with half of the proceeds going to three charities close to the late actor’s heart - Telethon, His Majesty’s Theatre Foundation and Australians in Film, which has the Heath Ledger Scholarship beneath it.
A year after Ledger’s death in 2009, Stoykovski said he first made contact with the Ledger family and explained his vision for the tribute. While they loved the idea, at the time it was too close to the Academy Award winning actor’s death. “From our point of view it was ‘well if the Ledgers aren’t on board, we don’t feel comfortable about doing it at all’ so we shelved it,” Stoykovski explains to _Access All Areas _.
“And then last July after our massive Sex and the City 2 premiere party at the Perth Town Hall and Cinema Paradiso, we touched base with Heath’s dad *Kim* again to see where they were at and if anything had changed and basically with the Heath Ledger Theatre opening coming up and with it being almost three years since his passing, they said it was the right time and they could now endorse it.”
Stoykovski says the aim of the “one of kind, one-night only affair” is to have a celebration and tribute to Ledger, with his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight going to be the focal point with a screening of the film at Movies by Burswood.
“There are corporate and international guests and the Ledger family who will attend a pre-screening function which will be followed by a 30-minute documentary made by a local video team recapping his accomplishments and then into The Dark Knight,” he says.
“There will be a few surprises along the way, which we think capsulate Heath’s personality, his journey, his spirit and his legacy.”
The event made headlines when British actress Sienna Miller confirmed her appearance, only to pull out the following day. “She was confirmed for six weeks and was really looking to the event. I felt sorry for her because it was completely out of her control, she wanted to be here but filming on her new movie had blown out so it was completely out of her control,” he says.
“We had a lot of people wanting to come to the event, such as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann and Ledger’s Candy co-star Abbie Cornish who said she will be there in “spirit”.
“We are very fortunate Gemma Ward is going to be a part of it. We just told her we would love to have her there considering her friendship and knowing him personally, because we do want the people who were close to Heath there.”
While the event is taking up all of I-Spy’s resources at the moment, Stoykovski promises more local events are on the horizon, revealing they are working on something involved in the live music scene in the inner city which “has never been done before”.
Perth-born actor, Heath Ledger and his career will be the focus of an exhibition now being conceptualized by the Western Australian government together with the late actor’s family.
The centerpiece of the exhibition will be the posthumous Academy Award won by the star of The Dark Night, following his highly acclaimed portrayal of psychopathic villain, The Joker.
Also expected to be displayed in the exhibit is the diary which the actor had kept while filming The Dark Night. The diary according to The Sydney Morning Herald, hopes to provide insight on the actor’s mindset while working on his Oscar winning character, The Joker.
The exhibition will be hosted by Western Australian Museum and is scheduled to be open for the public in 2012.
You can read the full story and view video here:Heath Ledger exhibition planned for Perth
We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Heath Ledger Drama Prize.. Chad Abbot!
Extract from the 2010 Yearbook: The production was an all-round success and was a credit to the all cast and crew members. For the seniors involved in the play, it was indeed our favourite year, as we performed in our last senior production for Guildford Grammar. The production was full of vibrancy, colour, as well as terrific performances from many cast members, from actors with parts big or small. With the biggest chorus to have hit the DLD stage for years, audiences were treated with a vast array of accents, dances, and costumes, not to mention a few balding heads. I would like to mention the work of Chad Abbot , who undertook an immensely complex role and wowed audiences with his portrayal of the character. For all those involved, My Favourite Year was something that will be fondly remembered for years to come, and is a memory that will always be with us.
The Heath Ledger Drama Prize is sponsored by Heathbaby.com. The members of this site and fans of Heath’s contributed money for the prize in his memory. Every year his former school, Guildford Grammar School, awards the prize annually to the student who is deemed to have given the outstanding performance by an actor for that year.
The student receives a trophy and money towards the pursuit of further study.
You can read more here:Heath Ledger Memorial Contribution
We are happy to share the information we received from Guildford Grammar School concerning this year’s recipient of the Heath Ledger Drama Prize. This year the award went to Thomas Camp. The photo is Thomas in costume. The Heath Ledger Drama Prize was started with donations from members of Heathbaby.com and is awarded annually to a Drama major at Heath’s former school, Guildford Grammar School
The following is information from the school’s “Annual” (Yearbook):
After months of rehearsal, the DLD next came alive at the beginning of August, with the opening of the 2009 Senior Production, “Our Country’s Good”. This play, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker in 1988, explores the redemptive power of theatre, and documents the true stories of convicts, officers and Governor Phillip in the early days of the Australian penal colony. Consequently, this production demanded a higher than usual level of maturity from its cast. They delivered. Led by Thomas Camp as Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, the cast, in its entirety, successfully realised Wertenbaker’s desire to show “theatre …[as] a humanising force”.
Thanks to Bekah for organizing this donation drive and special thanks to all of you who donated! This is such a special way to honor Heath’s memory!
The admins at Heathbaby.com would like to apologize for the downtime. We have been in the process of moving the site to a new server and it took longer than expected.
Right now only the main site is up and running. We are still working on the databases for the forum, gallery and news.
We thank you for your patience.
We have set up a temporary forum at yuku.com.
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We will let you know as soon as the other portions of the site are working.
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We’ve added the photos from Vanity Fair to the Gallery.
You can see them here: Vanity Fair Album
Why was Heath Ledger so ambivalent about his own stardom, and what happened at the end of his life? Vanity Fair contributing editor Peter Biskind sheds new light on these difficult-to-answer questions as he writes about the actorâ€™s remarkable talent and untimely death in the August cover story, â€œThe Last of Heath.â€
In his article, Biskind explores Ledgerâ€™s final movie role, his uncertainty about Hollywood, his devotion to his young daughter, and what happened in the days and weeks leading up to his death as he battled chronic insomnia, pneumonia, and exhaustion. Here are some of the revelations contained in Biskindâ€™s story.
How he cleaned up his act
â€¢ Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini, who worked with Ledger on his last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, says Ledger â€œused to smoke marijuana on a regular basis, like probably 50 percent of Americans.â€ But after it became an issue, Ledger â€œwent clean as a whistle.â€ And vocal coach Gerry Grennell, who worked and lived with the actor during the filming of The Dark Knight, says Ledger even stopped drinking: â€œHeath would happily go to the bar, buy a round of drinks for friends, and come back and have a soda or juice, never once drinking alcohol.â€
How chronic insomnia may have led to his death
â€¢ Ledgerâ€™s use of sleeping medication to combat chronic insomnia at the end of his life was of more concern to Grennell. â€œIâ€™d say, â€˜If you can possibly bear it to stop taking the medications, do, because they donâ€™t seem to be doing you any good.â€™ He agreed. It is very difficult for me to imagine how close he came to not taking them.â€
Ledger would typically spend night after night awake, diverting himself with time killers, Biskind reports, such as re-arranging the furniture in whatever space he happened to be living in at the moment. Grennell coached him in the Alexander Technique, which helped him to sleep for a few hours at a time, but he still struggled.
â€œEveryone has a different view of how he passed away,â€ Grennell tells Biskind. â€œFrom my perspective, and knowing him as well as I did, and being around him as much as I was, it was a combination of exhaustion, sleeping medication â€¦ and perhaps the aftereffects of the flu. I guess his body just stopped breathing.â€
His devotion to the job
â€¢ The strife in his personal life coincided with the shoot for Gilliamâ€™s Parnassus, but rather than distract him from his work, Gilliam believes it helped him concentrate on the task at hand, he tells Biskind. He appeared one day on set â€œclearly bloody sick,â€ Gilliam says. The doctor told him it was the beginning of pneumonia and that he ought to take antibiotics and go home and rest. According to Gilliam, Ledger said, â€œNo way. Iâ€™m not going to go home, because I canâ€™t sleep, and Iâ€™ll be just thinking about the situation. Iâ€™d rather stay here and work.â€
Although â€œhe would arrive in the morning completely knackered,â€ Gilliam says, â€œby the end of the day he was beaming, glowing with energy. It was like everything was put into the work, because that was the joy; thatâ€™s what he loved to do. The words were just pouring out. It was like he was channeling.â€
Ledgerâ€™s apathy for stardom
â€¢ Ledgerâ€™s friend and agent, Steven Alexander, tells Biskind that Heath â€œwas always hesitant to be in a summer blockbuster, with the dolls and action figures and everything else that comes with one of those movies. He was afraid it would define him and limit his choices.â€ According to friends of Ledgerâ€™s, one of the reasons he agreed to do Dark Knight was that the unusually long shoot would give him an excuse to turn down other offers.
Alexander tells Biskind that Ledger had a pay-or-play deal on The Dark Knightâ€”meaning heâ€™d get compensated no matter whatâ€”so he felt he had the freedom to do whatever he wanted as the Joker. According to Pecorini, Ledger hoped his performance would be so far-out heâ€™d be fired, and thus become the beneficiary of a lengthy, paid vacation.
â€œHe was ready to bust out of the gate, but he didnâ€™t want to step on the gas and become something that he didnâ€™t want to become: a matinee idol,â€ says Alexander. â€œHe was a private person, and he didnâ€™t want to share his personal history with the press. It just wasnâ€™t up for sale. Thatâ€™s part of the reason he initially tore down his career. He wasnâ€™t motivated by money or stardom, but by the respect of his peers, and for people to walk out of a movie theater after theyâ€™d seen something that heâ€™d worked on and say, â€˜Wow, he really disappeared into that character.â€™ He was striving to become an â€˜illusionist,â€™ as he called it, able to create characters that werenâ€™t there.â€
Goods news for UK and other European fans of Heath Ledger and Terry Gilliam: â€˜The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassusâ€™ which also stars Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell, will be released in cinemas after all.
We received word on Friday from Lionsgate that an October date has finally been set for the theatrical release of the film in The UK (which I have been promised I will be attending an advanced screening of, hopefully shortly). I hope to have an exact date in a reply shortly.
No US date has yet been set, but I strongly agree with The Playlist (via Hey U Guys) itâ€™s highly possible that the division of Lionsgate on the other end of the Atlantic will secure a similar deal for a limited run.
Thank you to Sylvia for the e-mail tip regarding the other Euro dates.
According to IMDB, the following additional European release dates are also scheduled:
Italy 4 September 2009
Romania 18 September 2009
New Zealand 24 September 2009
Czech Republic 1 October 2009
Australia 29 October 2009
Belgium 11 November 2009
France 11 November 2009
Germany 3 December 2009
Netherlands 3 December 2009
The film, set in the present day, follows the immortal 1,000-year-old Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) as he leads a travelling theatre troupe that offers audience members a chance to go beyond reality through a magical mirror in his possession. Members of the troupe include a sleight of hand expert, Anton (Andrew Garfield), and a dwarf, Percy (Verne Troyer); Parnassus had been able to guide the imagination of others through a deal with the Devil (Tom Waits), who now comes to collect on the arrangement, targeting the doctorâ€™s daughter (Lily Cole). The troupe, which is joined by a mysterious outsider named Tony (portrayed by Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell), embark through parallel worlds to rescue the girl.
Terry Gilliam has always seemed like the last apostle of unfettered fantasy in an age insistent on prosaic reality. The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus is a typically staunch defence of the transformative power of the imagination and its ability to change the world.
This is the purest expression of Gilliamâ€™s distinctive sensibility in a long while, complete with outbursts of Pythonesque humour, entrancing dream landscapes, strange creatures, a dapper devil and a wise midget. It is an incredibly rich stew of a film and an often wilfully eccentric proposition for a mainstream audience. Despite the attractions of a stellar cast, its appeal will be largely confined to loyal Gilliam fans and those seeking a last look at the legacy of the late Heath Ledger, who died during the filmâ€™s production. The end credits for Imaginarium bill it as a film from Heath Ledger and friends.
A reunion of Gilliam with Charles McKeown, his screenwriter collaborator on Brazil (1985) and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988), Imaginarium features many of the preoccupying themes and visual trademarks of Gilliamâ€™s career. In many respects it has the air of a fond and perhaps final return to some very familiar ground. Christopher Plummerâ€™s Dr Parnassus even feels like the kind of doddering seer of a figure who would seem very much at home in the company of Gilliamâ€™s liars, rogues and vagabonds like Munchausen and Don Quixote.
Parnassus is thousands of years old and immortal. He now runs a ramshackle travelling magic show with his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole), eager assistant Anton (Andrew Garfield) and dwarf Percy (Verne Troyer). But Parnassus has made a deal with the devil, called Mr. Nick (Tom Waits) to pursue the great love of his love. The price was that the devil would come to reclaim the soul of their child on her sixteenth birthday which in the case of Valentina, is just days away.
Always a betting man, the Devil offers Parnassus a further wager. The first of them to claim five souls wins the prize of Valentina. The wager takes place as the troupe save the life of disgraced charity boss Tony (Heath Ledger), who they find hanging from a bridge.
Parnassus takes place in a contemporary London that Gilliam paints as a grim city populated by narrow-minded individuals with no sense of imagination. It is a despairing, old manâ€™s vision of a world that needs a little magic and hope more than ever. Those qualities arise in the various journeys undertaken to secure the five souls and save Valentina. If an individual can be persuaded to step through the mirror of the imaginarium, they pass into an
idyllic fantasy of their happiest imagining whether thatâ€™s a Willy Wonka land of chocolates and sweets for a child or a land of enticing consumer goods and gliding gondolas for one older woman.
These sequences give full reign to Gilliamâ€™s visual imagination as a huge head of Parnassus appears from the sand or the devil transforms himself into a giant, slithering snake. In one bizarre moment, a band of cross-dressing policemen embark on a songâ€™nâ€™dance routine to entice new recruits with an appetite for violence. It is the most obvious nod to Gilliamâ€™s Python past in the film.
Parnassus is a visual treat but one that many will find lacking in coherence or self-discipline.
The death of Heath Ledger has prompted an elegant solution that works in terms of the filmâ€™s narrative as Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all assume the role of Tony during the narrative. These transitions take place during the visits through the Parnassus looking glass so it seems entirely believable that Tony might change physical shape as he enters a different world and more of his true personality is stripped away to reveal the villain beneath.
In one sequence tiny boats bearing images of Rudolph Valentino, James Dean and Princess Diana float by and there is an eerily resonant tribute paid to those who die young and will never grow old or feeble.
Ledgerâ€™s final performance once again underlines his considerable screen presence and winning way with comedy but the filmâ€™s best turn comes from a dazzling Andrew Garfield as Anton. Deeply in love with Valentina and deeply jealous of her affection for Tony, he captures all the eagerness and wounded pride of his character in a totally delightful performance that is a further testimony to the versatility of an actor who seems comes up with something fresh in every film (Boy A, Lions For Lambs etc).
To anyone not sympathetic to Gilliamâ€™s flights of fantasy, Parnassus will reek of rambling self-indulgence but fans will welcome it as a return to what he does best.
A long-awaited sneak peek into Heath Ledgerâ€™s final work is finally here.
At the opening ceremony of this yearâ€™s Cannes Film Festival, an 18-second clip from the Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus was played for the lucky audience. Dressed in a white costume, Heath addresses the audience of his traveling Imaginarium.
In the movie, Heath plays the leader of a magical theatre troupe who has made a deal with the devil, and take their audience on a journey through their own imaginations. Heath was in the middle of filming the fantasy film when he tragically passed away last January.
Ledgerâ€™s role was recast with Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Johnny Depp, as they play his character Tony as he travels through a dream world. All three actors are donating their salaries from the movie to Ledgersâ€™s young daughter, Matilda.
Currently, the film does not have a release date.