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AGWA Curator Stefano Carboni

  Heath Ledger: A life in pictures

  14 October 2017 – 29 January 2018 | Free






Discover a passionate film-maker – admire a screen legend – celebrate a local hero.

Film legend Heath Ledger was a charismatic movie star who pushed boundaries and portrayed iconic roles – but he was also much more than that. This unique exhibition, curated in collaboration with his family, will show that from his teenage years in Western Australia to his final role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), his career was driven by a passion for creativity.

Ledger worked with some of cinema’s great directors, actors and crews to achieve unforgettable performances in a range of genres. Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures will celebrate his screen career, featuring items such as the Joker suit from The Dark Knight (2008), and the costume he wore as Ennis del Mar in Brokeback Mountain (2005).

Mementos from Ledger’s personal archive will be on display for the first time. They convey the actor’s deep commitment to his profession, as well as offering behind-the-scenes insights into the processes of the film industry. Private journals reveal how he developed key roles, such as Jacob from The Brothers Grimm (2005) and his chilling Academy Award-winning portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Photographic stills and moving images will offer a glimpse of Ledger behind-the-scenes and reveal the creative projects he was pursuing as a director. Awards such as his Best Supporting Actor Oscar and BAFTA for The Dark Knight highlight his achievements in the film industry, and photographs by noted international photographers such as Ben Watts, Karin Catt and Mark Liddell reflect his celebrity status.

A chronological narrative of his acting career will be intertwined with his creative investigations into image-making, and the exhibition will consider the influences on him of visionary directors from Fellini and Jean-Luc Goddard to Ang Lee, Terry Gilliam and Todd Haynes.



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