Rahel Romahn is the 11th recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship – Deadline
Rahel Romahn has been named the 11th recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship, Australia’s richest acting award.
The Heath Ledger Fellowship is awarded to an emerging Australian actor with extraordinary ability and dedication to their craft who wishes to work and train internationally. The scholarship has propelled many past recipients into international careers, including Bella Heathcote (Pieces of her), Cody Fern (american horror story), Ashleigh Cummings(Citadel), Mojean Aria (the executor), and Charmaine Bingwa (The good fight).
Ledger died on January 22, 2008, from an accidental drug overdose. He had just finished filming his role as Joker in The black Knight.Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love and Thunder, Extraction), Oscar-nominated Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Lining Playbook), British casting director Nina Gold (Star Wars, Game of Thrones and power of the dog), director Rachel Perkins (Full control, mysterious road) and American actor Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Animals). “The caliber of this year’s finalists made our job as judges very difficult,” Weaver said. “We were moved and entertained by their performances and know they all have great careers ahead of them. There can only be one winner and we are proud and delighted to award this scholarship to Rahel. He embodies the qualities of excellence in acting combined with the passion and dedication to excel on the world stage. I wish him every success and look forward to working with him! Romahn was born in Kurdistan, northern Iraq, fleeing war-torn Kurdistan with his parents and living as nomadic asylum seekers for years, until they were finally accepted in Australia. Since then, Romahn has worked tirelessly on her career in film, television and theater. His other credits include Here in the West, God’s favorite idiot, Aussie gangster, Ali’s wedding and the play seven for the Sydney Theater Company. “Throughout my life, I’ve learned a lot from leaders in the acting profession,” Romahn said. “From Heath I learned the power of vulnerability, the importance of bravery and the need to support those around you. These are extremely vital aspects of being an artist in our industry. “I want to emphasize the importance of inclusivity. I am so proud of our industry for putting diversity at the top of our list of priorities. Lead by example and create a safe haven for people of color, the LGBTQI+ community and gender diversity. It’s so simple, we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect and safety. The discrimination has gone on long enough and I believe that we are getting closer and closer to becoming a big family that accepts each other and finally learns to understand and love each other. Charmaine Bingwa, who announced Romahn today, said: ‘I have never lost to myself, for a moment, what rich bounty the Heath Ledger scholarship has brought me. It was one of the most beautiful transformative experiences. In a short time, it put me on the path to working with world-class talent on world-class projects. I am forever grateful to Heath, his remarkable legacy and his caring family. I’m thrilled for the next recipient and the incredible opportunities ahead. Among the finalists this year were Max Brown (The tourist, the dark), Mabel Li (Tailings, New Gold Mountain), Andrea Solonge (Privileged, Daughter, Performer), Zoe Terakes (Wentworth, nine complete strangers) and Harvey Zielinski (Look no further, my first summer). This year’s awards include a cash prize of US$10,000 to help the recipient cover living expenses in the United States while studying, a round-trip economy class flight to the United States, as well as a teacher training and career readiness training worth over $40,000/$50,000.Romahn recently starred in the series Shantaram, as good as Mr. InBetween andlittle monsters. He was nominated for an AACTA and Logie award for his role in The main. It is based in Sydney and does not yet have US representation. Announced today in a live online ceremony, Romahn has been selected by a jury led by global actor
The Heath Ledger Fellowship is supported by the Australians & Hollywood Exhibition at the National Film and Sound Archive, currently in Canberra.