Heath Ledger

Actor's death fuels the fire

They camped outside his house and fired water pistols at his face. Heath Ledger despised the Australian paparazzi with such a passion that he sold his beloved beachside pad and moved back to America.

Sunday, 6 April, 2008, 12:00am

Actress Bernice Liu Bik-yee

Probably he was under a lot of pressure or too wrapped up in his roles. Everyone has a certain amount of pressure but we must find an appropriate way to release it. I exercise to release my stress. I'm also very lucky in that I can talk to my parents and they listen to me when I'm unhappy.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

City's mania for fame irks stars

Sydney

There are bumps and there are celebrity bumps. Then there is Nicole Kidman's bump, a modest swelling which has generated more headlines than the American presidential campaign since it was unveiled to the Sydney paparazzi.

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The grit behind the glamour

Alek Wek is exhausted. She's just returned to her adopted hometown of New York from Europe - Amsterdam, Munich, and Milan to publicise her bold and richly inspiring autobiography, Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel, and Hamburg, where she featured in St Emile's spring/summer campaign.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Candy

Candy

Starring: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Neil Armfield

The film: No prizes for guessing where Neil Armfield's (Twelve Nights) grim little picture is heading. Two gorgeous young things - Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish - fall under each other's spell. And under the spell cast by heroin.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Western with an eastern touch

Brokeback Mountain has made movie history. It earned Taiwanese director Ang Lee an Oscar for best director - a first for a Chinese filmmaker.

It is a controversial film which portrays a poignant love story. Filmed as a western, it has a uniquely Chinese cinematic style.

12 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

The Brothers Grimm

Terry Gilliam is a big fan of visuals, which means his films are best admired for their cinematography rather than substance.

His latest film The Brothers Grimm - full of fairytale settings and strange characters - is a visual feast. But, apart from that, it is a mess.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

The Brothers Grimm

Starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Monica Bellucci

Director: Terry Gilliam

Category: IIB

Say what you will about Terry Gilliam's hit-and-miss directing career, but one thing's for sure: the man certainly puts his heart into his work. And this has worked for and against him.

8 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Pick of the day

A Knight's Tale

HBO, 9pm

Heath Ledger (above) plays a poor and humble squire who sees an opportunity to disguise himself as a knight and decides to maintain the illusion for as long as possible. A rousing adventure comedy with a soundtrack that includes songs from Queen and David Bowie.

Angkor: The Lost City

Pearl, 8.35pm

26 Nov 2003 - 12:00am