Thursday, August 30, 2018

Day 3235 - A Life in Pictures - the Heath Ledger exhibition Canberra

Spending time with Heath's memories


Two weeks ago I was delighted to be my daughter's "plus one" at the official opening of "A Life in Pictures" at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

I think Heath Ledger has found us all at some point, whether it be as a school boy in Home and Away, as the delightful romantic in Ten Things I Hate About You or as the Joker in Batman, there are still many ways for us to welcome Heath into our home.

When T received the invite I jumped in quickly to accompany her as Heath is one of those actors I have admired since I first saw him on our screens all those years ago.

Just hanging out at the National Film and Sound Archive

The official opening of the Heath Ledger Exhibition

Abbey Cornish read a beautiful speech on behalf of Heath's family
The exhibition is diverse and shows so many dimensions to a man who was so much more than an actor. Seeing Heath's own personal photographic library, in addition to the memorabilia from his work, allows us to feel closer to this incredible artist who left the world too soon.

We see his handwritten notes, a glimpse into his family life, his talent as a photographer, costumes from set, picture reels and his awards.  Standing just centimetres from Heath's Oscar, while not the sum total of who he was (nor even that relevant in the scheme of things), has a way to fill your chest with Aussie pride at the incredible legacy this man has left behind.

To truly understand the depth of Heath, I strongly recommend this exhibit.

For more information head to the National Film and Sound Archive website.  The exhibition is open daily and runs through to the end of February 2019. It is free to enter but bookings are essential.




What's your favourite Heath Ledger memory?

Will you be heading to the NFSA anytime soon?

Tell us about any great exhibitions in your neck of the woods. 




24 comments :

  1. I hope to get there. We might pop down in the school holidays...I liked Two Hands and his Joker was exceptional.

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    1. It's well worth a look. Let me know if you're coming and I'll meet you for a cuppa.

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  2. Interestingly, I don't think I've seen any of his movies. I haven't seen Batman or Brokeback Mountain or A Knight's Tale...what is wrong with me?

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    1. What is wrong with you! Better add that to your list Jo. :)

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  3. What an interesting exhibit to attend!! I need to come be the plus one one of these times. You get to experience the funnest things!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  4. I've always loved Heath. I imagined him as real - very down to earth, very genuine and very Australian.

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    1. All of the above. Seeing his personal photos and his handwritten notes etc shows just how real he was.

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  5. Heath was such as amazing actor. I would love to see this exhibition.

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  6. Definitely a cross between Joker and 10 Things. And what a diverse range those two movies show of his abilities.

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  7. What a fascinating retrospective on a very talented and enigmatic actor.

    Love your outfit by the way!

    SSG xxx

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    1. Thanks SSG. That lady behind me was very interested in my shoes.

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  8. I feel very sad about Heath's life being cut short and even though I was no a fan, I understand seeing this exhibition would indeed be a glimpse into his life. Thanks for sharing. Denyse x

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    1. There was a lady at the exhibit who was living in NYC at the time of Heath's passing (in NY). She said the entire city went into shock. She hadn't followed his career either but to have such a talent die too early made her feel incredibly sad. She said she had to come to the exhibit because she felt "close" to him.

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  9. I will always think of Heath Ledger when I re-watch Ten Things - a favourite movie in our house. He died so young and it's such a waste. Glad you enjoyed the evening event.

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    1. A favourite in our house too. I think I bought it for Chels and it's been passed on through all my kids. Must be time to watch it again I think

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  10. I would love to see this. Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Pack your bags and fly to Oz! Thanks for stopping by

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  11. I've only seen him in Brokeback Mountain and Home and Away. Sounds like a wonderful tribute to him.

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    1. Two very different roles! A great tribute, definitely

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  12. I was simply amazed at the architecture of this absolutely beautiful venue!! The environment was unbelievable. I was fortunate enough to visit venues in NYC like this, we found awesome things one after another after another.

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  13. You're right - the National Film and Sound Archive is an absolutely beautiful building.

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