The Heath Ledger young artists oral history project
Inspired by Heath Ledger, whose untimely death left us with little of his oral history, this project aims to record the thoughts and aspirations of audiovisual artists throughout their careers.
In its first full year of operation, 16 interviews have been recorded and videotaped with graduating students from eight partner institutions for the Heath Ledger Young Artists Oral History Project. Associated interviews have also been filmed with young actors Samara Weaving, Eamon Farren, opera singer Karen Fitz-Gibbon, and the Project has now been extended to include interviews with Heath Ledger Scholarship Winners Ryan Corr (2011 winner) and Anna McGahan (2012).
A selection of clips from the first year of interviews can be viewed on the NFSA Youtube channel and in the playlist below. Completed interviews demonstrate the graduating students’ articulate and thoughtful perspective on their chosen professions.
Nominations have been sought for 2012 graduate students to participate in this year’s round of Project interviews from each of the partner institutions. This Project represents a long-term commitment for the NFSA, with an expectation that it will conduct a round of interviews with graduating students of each of the ten partner institutions each year for five years, and then follow-up interviews with those students at five-yearly intervals.
Heath Ledger photo: Howie Berlin. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.
Students interviewed to date
To view any of these interviews, subject to permission, please contact your nearest NFSA Access centre.
Working with Heath
Actor Bryan Brown talks about working with Heath Ledger on Two Hands.
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