Heath Ledger Exhibition Floor Talks

Date information01 December-08 February
FRIDAYS 1.00pm
Location informationSouth Gallery
Event costFREE

Every Friday across the season of Heath Ledger: A Life In Pictures we present a discussion on the exhibition floor from NFSA curators and special guests. Each week the talks explore different aspects of the exhibition, offering insights into the photography, the costuming, Heath’s approach to performance, and his body of work.

Program

Friday 14 December at 1pm: Nathan Smith (NFSA) discusses his favourite objects in the exhibition and talks about his work at the NFSA.

Friday 21 December at 1pm: Miranda Debeljakovic from the NFSA team shares stories about her favourite items in the exhibition.

Please note: there will be no floor talk on Friday 28 December.

Friday 4 January at 1pm: Rowan McGinness from the NFSA team shares stories about her favourite items in the exhibition.

Friday 11 January at 1pm: Aidan Frisch from the NFSA team talks about Heath Ledger's love of chess and shares his thoughts on how this influenced his creative and directorial pursuits.

Friday 18 January at 1pm: Felicity Harmey, the NFSA Exhibitions Manager, talks about managing loans, rights and relationships for some of the key objects that make up the exhibition.  

Please note: there will be no floor talk on Friday 25 January.

Friday 1 February at 1pm: Nathan Smith (NFSA) discusses his favourite objects in the exhibition and talks about his work at the NFSA.

Friday 8 February at 1pm: Dr Jennifer Gall (NFSA) discusses the film costumes included in the exhibition, including the dresses worn by Abbie Cornish in Candy (2006) and Naomi Watts in Ned Kelly (2003).

 

Previous floor talks

Friday 17 August at 1pm: Cris Kennedy (NFSA) talks about the design work the NFSA undertook to bring exhibitions back into its heritage spaces and the collaborations we drew on to display the collection.

Friday 24 August at 1pm: Jennifer Coombes (NFSA) discusses the connection with the NFSA in the exhibition – including the Naomi Watts costume from Ned Kelly - and talks about the work of her curatorial team. Jennifer co-curated the recent exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits with the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday 31 August at 1pm: Camilla Blunden (NFSA) is a noted performer and director, and in this talk she shares her observations about Heath Ledger’s physicality and approach to performance across his film career.

Friday 7 September at 1pm: Anne MacKay from the NFSA's award-winning education program talks about Heath Ledger's 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and adapting Shakespeare for contemporary audiences.

Friday 14 September at 1pm: Cris Kennedy (NFSA) talks about the design work the NFSA undertook to bring exhibitions back into its heritage spaces and the collaborations we drew on to display the collection.

Friday 21 September at 1pm
Stewart Burnside was Production Designer for Heath's TV series, Roar (1997). He talks about his work on the series and the pieces he created for the show and loaned for the exhibition.

Friday 28 September at 1pm: Julia Russell from the NFSA team shares stories about her favourite items in the exhibition.

Friday 5 October at 1pm: Miranda Debeljakovic from the NFSA team shares stories about her favourite items in the exhibition.

Friday 12 October at 1pm: Dr Jennifer Gall (NFSA) discusses the film costumes included in the exhibition, including the dresses worn by Abbie Cornish in Candy (2006) and Naomi Watts in Ned Kelly (2003).

Friday 19 October at 1pm: Aidan Frisch from the NFSA team shares stories about his favourite items in the exhibition.

Friday 26 October at 1pm: Rowan McGinness from the NFSA team shares stories about her favourite items in the exhibition.

Friday 2 November at 1pm
Camilla Blunden (NFSA) is a noted performer and director, and in this talk she shares her observations about Heath Ledger’s physicality and approach to performance across his film career.

Friday 9 November at 1pm: Felicity Harmey, the NFSA Exhibitions Manager, talks about managing loans, rights and relationships for some of the key objects that make up the exhibition.  

Friday 16 November at 1pm: Anne MacKay from the NFSA's award-winning education program talks about Heath Ledger's The Brother's Grimm (2005) and the influence of traditional fairytales on modern popular film.

Friday 23 November at 1pm: Film and TV producer Paul Barron gave Heath Ledger his on-screen start in the children's TV series Clowning Around (1991–93) and Ship to Shore (1993–96). Barron shares his impressions of the exhibition and memories of working with the young Heath. 

Friday 30 November at 1pm: Jennifer Coombes (NFSA) discusses the connection with the NFSA in the exhibition – including the Naomi Watts costume from Ned Kelly (2003) – and talks about the work of the curatorial team. Jennifer co-curated the recent exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits with the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday 7 December at 1pm: Camilla Blunden (NFSA) is a noted performer and director, and in this talk she shares her observations about Heath Ledger’s physicality and approach to performance across his film career.

Photo: Karin Catt