For many, Heath Ledger was one of those ‘formative crushes’ you develop just before peak puberty, that explodes into a fully-blown obsession by the time you hit 15. From Ten Things I Hate About You to A Knight’s Tale, Heath was the center of many teen girl’s universes, right up until his sudden death.
It seems remarkable, then, for those fans to be the same age now as Heath was when he died in 2008.
At the time of his death, he was at the peak of his career, a father to newborn Matilda, and on the verge of major career accolades thanks to his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. But due to an accidentally fatal combination of sleeping tablets and other prescription medication, Heath passed away in his New York apartment, alone. He was just 28.
Almost 10 years on, the actor’s incredible life is being revisited in a soon-to-be-released documentary titled I Am Heath Ledger. The film, created by Spike TV, delves into the private life of the star and his relationships with those around him.
A trailer released this week provides a glimpse into the larger-than-life character he was, as seen in private footage of Heath as well as interviews with his family and friends. One of the insights we get is his passion for directing and filming.