Producer
Director
Dag Freyer
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
Biography
Broadcaster
ZDFKultur / arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2012
TOO young TO DIE
Heath Ledger

He was only 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire. He is the first major Hollywood star to die at such a young age in the age of the internet. All of Hollywood shares in his death, as do fans around the globe. But Heath Ledger was a star who did not want to be one. He deliberately put his career on the line several times, opting for character roles in small films and turning down offers like the lead in "Spiderman". He is more interested in serious acting than fame as a Hollywood superstar.

The film traces the development of the young Australian actor, who showed immense acting talent early on, into a complex character actor and, above all, shows a hitherto unknown side of the multi-talented actor: in addition to his work as an actor, Heath Ledger is a very talented photographer, creates collages and directs innovative music videos. Film clips from Heath Ledger's films as well as interviews with early companions from his school days, colleagues from the film industry such as Terry Gilliam and above all with Heath Ledger's father paint a very personal picture of the talent of the century, Heath Ledger.

First broadcast: Sat., 28 July 2012, 9:40pm, ARTE.

TOO young TO DIE: Heath Ledger

He was only 28 years old. The news of Heath Ledger's death spread like wildfire. He is the first major Hollywood star to die at such a young age in the age of the internet. All of Hollywood shares in his death, as do fans around the globe. But Heath Ledger was a star who did not want to be one. He deliberately put his career on the line several times, opting for character roles in small films and turning down offers like the lead in "Spiderman". He is more interested in serious acting than fame as a Hollywood superstar.

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