Heath Ledger: A life in pictures
14 October 2017 – 29 January 2018 | Free
CURATED BY THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM
GUEST CURATOR, ALLISON HOLLAND
COORDINATING CURATOR STEFANO CARBONI, AGWA DIRECTOR
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
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.