Char­maine Bingwa – 2019 win­ner

VOGUE Australia - - CULTURE -

The 2019 win­ner of the HLS, the Aus­tralian-Zim­bab­wean, West Aus­tralian-born Bingwa cre­ated her own award-win­ning se­ries Lit­tle Sista. But it was watch­ing Ledger’s Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance in Broke­back Moun­tain (2005) that left a sig­nif­i­cant per­sonal im­pact on the tal­ented star.

“It’s a real hon­our – to have my name as­so­ci­ated with Heath’s is in­cred­i­ble. When I saw him in Broke­back Moun­tain all those years ago, his per­for­mance was just so pro­found. He had said he wanted the char­ac­ter to be so im­bued with pain … and see­ing the char­ac­ter so vividly por­tray­ing a life not fully lived in­spired me to come out as gay and to have the con­fi­dence to fully live my life. It just re­ally in­spired me to be my­self and to go af­ter my dreams and [showed me] that it’s okay for me to love who­ever I want to love and that risk is bet­ter than to live a life not ful­filled.

“The cur­rent is­sues at the mo­ment with re­flect­ing di­ver­sity on screen is re­ally per­sonal to me – as a fe­male, as a per­son of colour, as a per­son who is out­wardly gay, it’s quite a chal­lenge when you don’t see your story re­flected on screen. That’s one of the things that drives me … The most pow­er­ful cur­rency you have is the im­pact you have on other peo­ple, and I think Heath epit­o­mises that.”

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