After a documentary celebrating Heath Ledger premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday, two of the actor’s sisters, Kate Ledger and Ashleigh Bell, and his long-time friend Matt Amato got up on stage for a rare public interview.
At the time of his death in 2008, Ledger was 28 and at the peak of his career after an impressive turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight.
Since then, his accidental overdose — thanks to a fatal combination of sleeping pills and prescription medications — has largely been blamed on an ill-fated attempt to manage his mental demons, which many believed were exacerbated by the demanding role and the toll it took on his historically fragile mental health.
Those who knew him believe otherwise and want I Am Heath Ledger to bust the myths surrounding the talented young Australian’s death.
“I hope it’s an antidote to a lot of the gossip that exists in the world,” Amato told the Tribeca audience, according to The Daily Beast.