The director, during the director’s commentary, makes a point of informing the audience that the female blacksmith character is historically accurate, and that widows of blacksmiths did in fact take over their late husbands’ blacksmithing businesses in medieval Europe and it was one of the relatively rare circumstances wherein women were permitted to legally run their own businesses in medieval Europe.
This is literally the only historically accurate detail in the entire movie.
▪ Remembering Heath, who passed away, 7 years ago today, on 22 January 2008. Love you so much, and wish you were here with us… You are deeply missed. Rest in Peace. ◼ Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008)
Filmography: ▫ Ship to Shore (TV - 1993), ▫ Sweat (TV - 1996), ▫ Home and Away (TV - 1996), ▫ Roar (TV - 1997), ▫ Blackrock (1997), ▫ Paws (1997), ▫ Two Hands (1999), ▫ 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), ▫ The Patriot (2000), ▫ A Knight’s Tale (2001), ▫ Monster’s Ball (2001), ▫ The Four Feathers (2002), ▫ The Order a.k.a. The Sin Eater (2003) ▫ Ned Kelly (2003), ▫ The Brothers Grimm (2005), ▫ Lords of Dogtown (2005), ▫ Brokeback Mountain (2005), ▫ Casanova (2005), ▫ Candy (2006), ▫ I’m Not There (2007), The Dark Knight (2008), ▫ The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).
Music Videos Directed by Heath Ledger: ▫ N'fa - Seduction is Evil (2006), ▫ N'fa - Cause an Effect (2006), ▫ Ben Harper - Morning Yearning (2006), ▫ Nick Drake - Black Eyed Dog, tribute (2007), Modest Mouse - King Rat (2009)
📷 Heath Ledger photographed by Justine Walpole (Unreleased Photo)
Children’s book illustrations for the tale “Undine”.
It’s a german fairytale about a water elemental that falls in love with a knight and by loving him (and being loved back) gains a human soul. It’s a quite tragic tale, the couple get married and all goes perfectly happy for a while until the knight starts having feelings for another…
It’s an unsual fairytale, more adult oriented I think. (I don’t always read fairytales so rich in details about human behavior and I’m not sure children would understand what is being represented but… well, we can always simplify things with images.)
Not my usual style, but I had only 2 days (including sleepless nights) to start AND finish 5 illustrations… And I find this simplified style much easier to do. I finished them just in time. =)
“I have never had great expectations of my performance or of a film. I try not to think about the outcome. If you look that far ahead, it sort of taints your choices as an actor. I try as hard as I can to believe that no one is ever going to see it and that it’s not even a movie. Then you can allow yourself to bare more.”