Chrsi Hemsworth and Jacki Weaver to judge Heath Ledger scholarship
Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love and Tonnerre, Extraction) and Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) are among the judges for the upcoming Heath Ledger Fellowship.
Nominations are now open to any emerging actor 18 and over for Australia’s richest actor award.
They will be joined by British casting director Nina Gold (Star wars, Game Of Thrones and Dog power), director Rachel Perkins (Full control, mysterious road) and American actor Alia Shawkat (Research Festival, Animals).
Before their decision, the judges of the first round will determine five finalists from hundreds of expected entries. They include, from the United States: Jason Wood (VP casting, A&E Networks), Barbara McCarthy (The Spectacular Now, Feel the Beat (Netflix)), Alyssa Weisberg (Star Trek: Beyond, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens) and John McAlary (The L word: generation Q, Cargo), and from Australia: Ann Fay (Hotel Mumbai, the tourist), Amanda Mitchell (Young Rock, the secrets she keeps) and Anousha Zarkesh (Mystery Road, Cleverman).
Ledger’s longtime friend and fellow director Gregor Jordan also becomes the boss of the exchange.
Peter Ritchie, Executive Director of Australians in Film, said: “We are delighted with the caliber of the HLS jury this year. They join a growing list of distinguished former judges to help find the next generation of young Australian talent ready to burst onto screens around the world!
“The spirit of leaving home and dreaming big internationally is what Heath did many years ago. This scholarship pursues that dream and connects us all in a very special way.
The Heath Ledger Fellowship, which has been awarded 10 times, has proven to accelerate the opening of some of Hollywood’s most important and influential doors for the researcher, including previous recipients Bella Heathcote (Relic, Pieces of Her), Cody Fern (Eden, American Crime Story), Ashleigh Cummings (NOS4A2. Citadel), Mojean Aria (See, Reminiscence) and Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight, Emancipation).
Joining Heath’s father, Kim Ledger, Scholarship Founder Susie Dobson and Casting Director Ann Fay, Gregor Jordan will provide professional support and guidance to the scholarship recipient, during the 12 months of international training and professional development. offered by the stock exchange in Los Angeles. .
Kim Ledger said: “Gregor was a close friend and colleague of Heath and has supported the scholarship since its inception in 2009, so it is only fitting that he is joining me as one of the sponsors of the purse. “
For the first time in the history of the stock market, applications are now open to any emerging actor 18+. Australians in Film strongly encourages applications from under-represented members of the Australian acting community to apply.
This year’s scholarship is valued at over $ 40,000 / AUD 50,000 which includes a cash prize of $ 10,000 to help the recipient cover living expenses while studying in the United States. The scholarship also includes a flight back to the United States, a submission reel held at the National Film and Sound Archives in Canberra, coaching from professional coaches Lisa Robertson of Lisa Robertson Studio, Joy Ellison, Jean Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad of Alexander Techworks, Kennedy Brown, The Interpreter’s Mindset; immigration services by Raynor & Associates; studio portraits of Sally Flegg and Hair & Makeup by Sophia Ivy Lee; professional styling by Lenya Wilson; and bespoke mediation by Chris Phillips from Inner Sky.
Applications are open until September 30, without extension.