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TONIGHT! BIRD IN HAND PRESENTS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY HEATH LEDGER SCHOLARSHIP Thursday, September 20, 2018 Chateau Marmont – 8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Written By: Marcelle - Sep• 20•18


Bird in Hand winery, together with the Ledger Family and Australians in Film host an evening honoring the 10th anniversary of the Heath Ledger Scholarship on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. The winner of the 2018 scholarship will be announced at the event. The event is supported by Bird in Hand, Qantas, Ausfilm, Screenwise, Vogue Australia and GQ Australia.

Established in 2008 in memory of Australian actor Heath Ledger, who served as an ambassador for the organization, the Scholarship is awarded to an actor who exhibits distinctive and unique potential. The prize offers invaluable assistance for a young and emerging Australian actor to kick-start their career, break into Hollywood or train internationally. To date, $280,000 in Scholarship prizes has been awarded to help the winners with career and educational opportunities in the U.S.


About Australians in Film: Founded in 2001, Australians in Film is a Los Angeles based non-profit screen organization that supports its members with career development and education programs include the prestigious Heath Ledger Scholarship, Mentor LA, Village Roadshow/Animal Logic Entertainment Internship, Greg Coote Fellowship, Gateway LA and The Writers Room. AiF is based at Charlie’s, a shared workspace at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. Charlie’s is a bespoke hub for business, collaboration and networking for the Australian screen community in Los Angeles and it is where AiF holds its industry education programs. For more information: Follow Australians in Film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Bird in Hand: Bird in Hand is a world-renowned producer of fine wine that celebrates place and passion not only through expert vinification but also through food, art, and cultural events. Its portfolio of cool climate wines is produced across four award-winning speciality tiers; Tribute Series, Nest Egg, Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush.

About Ausfilm: Ausfilm connects international filmmakers with Australia’s talent, screen agencies, studio complexes, locations and production facilities. On behalf of the Australian Government Ausfilm markets Australia’s Screen Production Incentive Scheme which comprises the Location, PDV (post, digital and visual effects) and Producer Offsets. Ausfilm is an Australian industry – government partnership. It comprises Australia’s Federal and State Governments; the major studios; leading post, sound and visual effects facilities; and production service providers. Ausfilm has offices in Los Angeles and Sydney. For more information visit:

About Screenwise: Screenwise – Australia’s Leading Film and TV School for Actors – offers intensive full-time and part-time creative and technical screen acting programs that are accredited and consistent with current Australian and International film industry standards. Screenwise offers the crème de la crème of industry professionals – award-winning actors, directors & casting consultants that adopt an articulate and inspirational approach to their teaching. Students are exposed to these professionals on a regular and intimate basis, and are offered the rare opportunity to network and train closely with accomplished and experienced actors who define what it means to have a practical and rewarding career in the Film and Television Industry. Screenwise was established seventeen years ago with the purpose of providing specialist, career-focused training in acting for film & television. The Sydney-based acting school is overseen by Multi-Award-Winning Actress and Australian Film and TV Legend Denise Roberts (Schapelle, The Moodys, Cliffy, Mrs Biggs, Packed To The Rafters, Blood Brothers, Razzle Dazzle, Always Greener, GP) and is inspired by the tenacious, dedicated and professional nature of the ‘Roberts Method’ for which it is based on. Screenwise is not only leading other Sydney Acting Schools in both performance and program content, it is, and will continue to be at the forefront of acting education nationally and internationally offering the very best the industry has to offer. Visit:

About Qantas: Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline connecting Australians to the world. It is widely regarded as one of the world’s most respected full-service airlines and one of the strongest brands in Australia, with an outstanding reputation for excellence in safety, customer service, operational efficiency and technical innovation. The Qantas network spans 46 countries across Australia, Asia and the Pacific, the Americas, Europe and Africa and flies to almost 60 destinations throughout Australia. The U.S. is one of Qantas’ most popular destinations, with its first Trans-Pacific flight taking place in 1954 to San Francisco. Qantas offers more non-stop flights per week between the U.S. and Australia than any other airline with direct flights from Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth and Vancouver, and more than 220 codeshare city pairs across the U.S., Canada and Mexico from Qantas gateways.

U.S. Media Contact: Megan Levy Schauer – The Lippin Group,, (323) 965-1990

Australia Media Contact: Harriet Dixon-Smith – NIXCo:, +61 403 857 328


Eka Darville,

Jessica Jones, The Originals

HLS FINALISTS:Aaron Glenane,

Picnic at Hanging Rock & Danger Close

Bethany Whitmore,

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Brenna Harding,

Black Mirror

Charmaine Bingwa, Nekrotronic

Ezekiel Simat,

Lambs of Gods

Gemma Bird Matheson,


Harvey Kaska Zielinski,

Starting from…Now

Kipan Rothbury,

Significant Strangers

Carmen Cuba,

Casting Director, Stranger Things

Jeremy Podeswa,

Emmy-nominated Director, Handmaid’s Tale & Game of Thrones

Lorenzo di Bonaventura,

Producer, Transformer Franchise


Kim Ledger,

Heath Ledger’s Father

Kate Ledger,

Heath Ledger’s Sister;

AiF Board Member

Sally Bell,

Heath Ledger’s Mother

Abbie Cornish,

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Alexander England,


Alison McGirr,

Ladies in Black

Andrew Nugent,

Founder, Bird in Hand

Ashleigh Brewer,

The Bold and the Beautiful

Ashley Hart,


Chelsea Winstanley,

Jojo Rabbit

Chelsey Martin,

Australian Consul-General, Los Angeles

Costa Ronin,

The Americans

Cody Fern,

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace; Former HLS Finalist

Damon Herriman,

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Daniel Lissing,

Blindspot; Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce

Daniel Webber,

The Punisher

Denise Roberts,

Principal Director & CEO, Screenwise

Felicity Price,

Wolf Creek; The Gift

George Byrne

Gia Carides,

Big Little Lies; My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Isabel Lucas,

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Jonny Pasvolsky,


Kate Cheel,

One Eyed Girl, Riot

Kate Dennis,

Director, The Handmaid’s Tale, GLOW

Katherine Nugent,

Bird in Hand

Kick Gurry,

Sense8; Edge of Tomorrow

Kimberly Peirce,

Former Judge; Director, Carrie

Kym Wilson,

Brides of Christ; Heartbreak High

Liv Hewson,

Santa Clarita Diet

Louis Hunter,

The Fosters

Luke Bracey,

Point Break

Max Greenfield,

New Girl; The Neighborhood

Mojean Aria,

Former HLS Finalist; Dead Lucky

Nash Edgerton,

Mr. Inbetween

Oliver Ackland,

Former Finalist; The Originals

Rachel Kim Cross,

Mr Inbetween; Cut

Renee Bargh,

Co-Host, EXTRA

Taika Waititi,

Jojo Rabbit

Tess Sanchez,

Casting Director

Tom Cocquerel,

Table 19

Victoria Hill,



Kate Marks

EVP, International Production, Ausfilm

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Simonne Overend

VP, Scripted Development, Essential Media and Entertainment

Stuart Beattie

Writer/Director, Pirates of the Caribbean

*U.S. Media Contact: Megan Levy Schauer – The Lippin Group,, (323) 965-1990

*Australia Media Contact: Harriet Dixon-Smith – NIXCo:, +61 403 857 328







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