Exhibition attracts more than 26,000 visitors

BY MIGUEL GONZALEZ

The Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition closes this coming Sunday 10 February 2019. Since it opened in August, more than 26,000 visitors have attended the exhibition, the first to be staged at the NFSA in several years.

Response to the exhibition has been overwhelmingly positive. Many visitors were familiar with Heath's most popular films, but knew little about his other artistic endeavours, so the exhibition fulfilled its mission to portray the man behind the camera.

The exhibition launched on 9 August 2018 with special guests Abbie Cornish, Heath's co-star and friend; musical protégé RW Grace; Heath Ledger Australians in Film scholarship recipient Ryan Corr; artist Vincent Fantauzzo, whose 2009 Heath Ledger portrait was one of the most popular items in the exhibition, and his wife, actress Asher Keddie. The following video shows highlights from the event:

A comprehensive screening program at Arc cinema complemented the exhibition, including Heath's own filmography as well as other films that inspired him or were thematically related to his work. Many of the screenings included Q&As with people who worked with Heath throughout different stages of his career and recalled their experiences with him.

Special guests at screenings included photographer Tony Amos; David Elfick, producer of Heath's first film, Blackrock; Paul Barron, producer of the TV series Sweat; and production designer Stewart Burnside, who donated to the NFSA the original 'spear of destiny' wielded by Heath in the TV series Roar.

We'd like to thank everyone who made Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures possible – our partners at the Western Australian Museum, the Ledger family, exhibition curator Allison Holland and of course the thousands of visitors who returned to the NFSA or visited us for the first time to be a part of the event.

You still have a few days to visit the exhibition. We'd love to hear your thoughts, so please write a review on TripAdvisor, or tag us on social media using #LedgerNFSA.

We would love to welcome you back to our coming attractions. The Carriberrie virtual reality experience showcases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song and dance from 22 February, and The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition opens on 18 April.

Main image: Irene Dowdy photographer.