Heath Ledger and His Manic Days and Sleepless Nights on 'I Am Heath Ledger' Documentary [VIDEO]
Nine years after Heath Ledger's death, a new documentary entitled, 'I Am Heath Ledger,' celebrates the life of the actor who died in 2008 due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
At 28, Heath Ledger, an Australian actor, and director has already developed his film career and acting roles. Ledger won an award for Best Actor for his leading role in the Brokeback mountain, played as the Joker in the movie Dark Knight in 2008, and has done nineteen films in general, the USA Today reports.
The new documentary film about Ledger's life is comprised of intimate home videos and interviews with family and friends. The 90-minute movie will premiere at Tribeca Film Festival at New York on April 23.
Matt Amato, Ledger's friend and the co-founder of a production company called Masses together with the late actor, said that he was not at all sure if his friend would have wanted to be the subject of a documentary film, the New York Post spilled in an interview.
Amato agreed to reveal and open up about his friendship with the actor to be included in the documentary.
Friends who were interviewed for the film said that when the actor was still alive, they worried about his inability to turn-off and control his manic days and sleepless nights. This problem, according to his friends and family, has plagued Heath Ledger for years.
Derik Murray, the film's co-director, shared that the actor would sleep either zero or two hours a night for years and he would call people up in the middle of the night.
Ben Harper, a musician, and the actor's friend, recalled incidents where ledger would show up announced in his doorstep at six in the morning.
Rumors haveM spread that after filming the movie 'Dark Knight,' Ledger turned the typical obsessive role preparation into a genuine mental illness.
The actor has suffered from depression and drug addiction and six months before his death, Ledger began to go through dramatic mood swings with deep depression, the Psych Central accounts.
The film, according to Amato, is a celebration of Heath Ledger's life, the problems he faced, and the contributions the late actor has made in the film industry, as well as to the people who knew him well- friends and family.