Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)
Australian actor Heath Ledger starred in Australian films Candy (2006), Ned Kelly (2003) and Two Hands (1999, AFI Award for Best Film) and claimed two AFI Awards in 2006; AFI International Award for Best Actor for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, and the News Limited Readers' Choice Award. Australian audiences would have most recently seen Ledger in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There, alongside AFI Ambassador Cate Blanchett, each portraying different periods of Bob Dylan's life. It's a great loss to the local and international film industry, and we're saddened that his life and career have been tragically cut short.
I'm sure at this year's AFI Awards in December there will be a much heavier rememberance. What they failed to mention was that Ledger was nominated for the Best Lead Actor AFI Award for each of the three films mentioned at the start of the article. He lost to Shane Jacobson (Kenny), David Wenham (Gettin' Square) and Russell Dykstra (Soft Fruit respectively. I'd suggest people try and seek out Two Hands (below) and Candy especially. I wasn't that keen on Candy but it features great lead performances by Ledger and Abbie Cornish, while Two Hands is, justifiably, an Aussie classic. So, there ya go.