The work and legacy of Heath Ledger
Double feature – two films for $10/$8 - Sunday 21 January from 2pm
SUN 21 JAN, 2PM | Arc Cinema
1999 | MA | 103mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Gregor Jordan
A 19 year old goes on the run from a gangster after a delivery of $10,000 goes wrong.
"A terrific thriller, full of surprises and with a wonderfully Aussie sense of humour. The plot is beautifully worked out, the direction is utterly confident. Heath Ledger is sensational in the leading role, and Bryan Brown`s avuncular crime boss is one of his best portrayals. David Field is splendid, too, as the vicious but incompetent gunman. Sequences like the planning of the bank robbery, while the robbers` kids play up and Mum brings the tea, are beautifully handled." - David Stratton, SBS Movies
I AM HEATH LEDGER
SUN 21 JAN, 4PM | Arc Cinema
2017 | M | 90mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
Friends and Family of the late actor, Heath Ledger, provide an intimate look at his personal life and career.
"A lot of the home video stuff that Ledger shot himself comes from those early years (keep an eye out for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from a young Rose Byrne), and all of it is pure gold — all of it cements the impression that he was a Tasmanian whirlwind of creative energy, always painting or taking pictures or just making funny faces at the camera when there was nothing else to look at. He liked to record himself spinning in circles, like a top that subsisted on nothing but its own momentum. The doc isn’t interested in slowing down and sinking into the crannies of Ledger’s life, but, to their great credit, Murray and Buitenhuis create a clear schism between the dreaminess of Ledger’s nature and the cold mundanity of the culture that he took by storm." - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Portraiture of Heath Ledger appears throughout the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018, including a marketing image of Ledger and Rose Byrne from Two Hands (1999) and Ledger with Abbie Cornish from Candy (2006).