Heath Ledger Double Feature
2:00pm: Two Hands: 1999 | MA | 103mins | Australia | D: Gregor Jordan
A 19-year-old man goes on the run from a gangster after a delivery of $10,000 goes wrong.
‘A terrific thriller, full of surprises and with a wonderfully Aussie sense of humour. The plot is beautifully worked out, the direction is utterly confident. Heath Ledger is sensational in the leading role, and Bryan Brown’s avuncular crime boss is one of his best portrayals. David Field is splendid, too, as the vicious but incompetent gunman. Sequences like the planning of the bank robbery, while the robbers’ kids play up and Mum brings the tea, are beautifully handled.’ - David Stratton, SBS Movies
4:00pm: I Am Heath Ledger: 2017 | M | 90mins | Australia | D: Adrian Buitenhuis, Derik Murray
A feature-length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon.
‘A lot of the home video stuff that Ledger shot himself comes from those early years (keep an eye out for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from a young Rose Byrne), and all of it is pure gold — all of it cements the impression that he was a Tasmanian whirlwind of creative energy, always painting or taking pictures or just making funny faces at the camera when there was nothing else to look at. He liked to record himself spinning in circles, like a top that subsisted on nothing but its own momentum. The doc isn’t interested in slowing down and sinking into the crannies of Ledger’s life, but, to their great credit, Murray and Buitenhuis create a clear schism between the dreaminess of Ledger’s nature and the cold mundanity of the culture that he took by storm.’ - David Ehrlich, IndieWire
See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.
Images of Ledger and Rose Byrne from Two Hands (1999) and Ledger with Abbie Cornish from Candy (2006) feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.