The life of late actor Heath Ledger will be brought to the small screen on Spike TV with the new documentary I Am Heath Ledger.
Directed by filmmaker Derik Murray, Network Entertainment and Spike showcase this 90-minute feature that looks at the personal and private life of the actor.
The film features interviews people who knew Ledger best, including close friends, family members, and industry peers, such as actors Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, and Emile Hirsch, directors Ang Lee and Catherine Hardwicke, musicians Ben Harper, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), N’fa, and Grace Woodroofe, and the Ledger family.
The doc recounts Ledger’s ascent to Hollywood success and the mark he left on the industry. It also showcases his memorable on-screen moments from his beginnings in Australia to the heights of his Hollywood accomplishments. With footage from Ledger’s own camera, I Am Heath Ledger provides an intimate look at his life with personal home videos.
The film is the latest from producer-director Murray, who has previously brought to the screen the lives of icons like JFK Jr, Steve McQueen, Chris Farley, Johnny Cash, Bruce Lee and Evel Knievel.
I Am Heath Ledger premieres on Spike May 17 at 10:00 pm ET/PT, following its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 23. The film will have a limited theatrical nationwide release on May 3 with Fathom Events.
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