Heath Ledger's anti-whaling message from beyond the grave
Heath Ledger’s passion for the ocean has survived his death in the form of a music video with an anti-whaling message directed by the late Australian actor.
The six-minute animated clip for the song King Rat
by the US band Modest Mouse, which was released this week, features a cigar-chomping blue whale captain out hunting for humans in the sea.
The powerful, but dark, video features graphic images of a crew of whales and dolphins on board the fishing vessel catching swimming men, skinning them, processing their meat and feeding them to hungry seal pups.
The actor then contacted Daniel Auber, a concept designer based in Los Angeles, whom Ledger had met on the set of Terry Gilliam’s 2005 film The Brothers Grimm
, to make the video.
Mr Auber told The Times
the pair spent three weeks working on the the video at the offices of Gilliam’s visual effects company in Covent Garden, while Ledger was in London filming the Batman movie The Dark Knight
in May, 2007.
Mr Auber said Gilliam was like an artistic father to the pair, who included an homage to Monty Python in the King Rat clip in the form of animated trumpets blasting out from the clouds. Gilliam provided self-portrait cartoons which were used as the face of the sun in the clip. Full article and video continues here