In Luke Davies's bestselling book of that name - and now a widely praised film starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish - Candy is a passionate young artist who takes on her lover's taste for heroin with troubling results.
"She thinks we can be like Bonnie and Clyde, me handsome, her beautiful, both of us glamorous and full of sex and ready to take on the world," Davies writes.
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His death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
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This film opens with a touching surprise, ends with a glorious twist and is filled in between with intrigue, passion and some of the most beautiful scenery ever put to screen.
Ledger received numerous posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance in the film, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards (for which he became the first actor to win an award posthumously), Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger (née Ramshaw), a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a racecar driver and mining engineer whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry.
Ledger's older sister Kate, an actress and later a publicist, to whom he was very close, inspired his acting on stage, and his love of Gene Kelly inspired his successful choreography, leading to Guildford Grammar's 60-member team's "first all-boy victory" at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. 1990), his mother's daughter with her second husband and his stepfather Roger Bell, and Olivia Ledger (b.
A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin.
Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.
Is there a real Candy who lived through all the pain in the film - the heroin addiction, the prostitution and the admission to a mental hospital after a spectacular breakdown? Davies is guarded on the subject, stressing that the novel and film are fiction rather than memoir.
And it is true that the line between real life and how it is dramatised is often blurry.
His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You (1999), The Patriot (2000), A Knight's Tale (2001), Monster's Ball (2001), Lords of Dogtown (2005), Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the latter two being posthumous releases.