Tal­ented, ded­i­cated and di­verse, the fi­nal­ists of the 10th-an­niver­sary Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship dis­cuss dreams, rep­re­sen­ta­tion and change with So­phie Ted­man­son.


The fi­nal­ists of the Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship dis­cuss dreams, rep­re­sen­ta­tion and change.

When Heath Ledger passed away in 2008, he not only left be­hind a re­mark­able ar­ray of ex­tra­or­di­nary char­ac­ters on screen, but a legacy of com­mu­nity and sup­port within the Aus­tralian screen in­dus­try through his epony­mous schol­ar­ship.

The Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship (HLS) – run by the Aus­tralians in Film Foun­da­tion in Los An­ge­les and the Ledger fam­ily – awards fi­nan­cial and ca­reer sup­port to emerg­ing film­mak­ers. This year the HLS cel­e­brated 10 years with a tal­ented group of fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent­ing a re­mark­ably di­verse and cre­ative new gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralian ac­tors at a party pre­sented by Bird in Hand win­ery and hosted by Vogue Aus­tralia at LA’s famed Chateau Mar­mont – a favourite hang­out of Ledger’s.

“Heath was ex­cep­tion­ally gen­er­ous with his friends and peo­ple who were try­ing to do what he had done – he was al­ways there to give peo­ple a leg up in what they were try­ing to do,” says the late ac­tor’s fa­ther, Kim Ledger. “This year’s bunch of young peo­ple are very skilled in their craft and are on a whole new level and from all spec­trums across the in­dus­try. They cap­ture the spirit of what this schol­ar­ship is all about.”

Here, meet the next gen­er­a­tion car­ry­ing on the Ledger legacy.

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