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Rising Star Wins Ledger Award

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Rising star wins Ledger award

Mark Naglazas Film Editor

June 3, 2015, 12:39 am


WAAPA graduate Matt Levett with actor Vince Vaughan. Photo: The West Australian

WAAPA graduate Matt Levett is the winner of this year's Heath Ledger Scholarship.

Sydney-raised Levett was awarded the scholarship at a ceremony in Hollywood attended by the late Dark Knight Oscar winner's parents Kim Ledger and Sally Bell, and many Australians working in the American film industry.

Levett's award includes $10,000 cash, a two-year scholarship at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles and visa and immigration services valued at $5000 to allow him to find his feet in the US.

Levett, best known for his work on Seven's series A Place to Call Home, said the scholarship would help him make the transition from the Australian to the US film industry.

"Success here is not something you can achieve on your own," Levett, who graduated from WAAPA in 2009, said.

"The support this scholarship gives allows me opportunities I could otherwise only imagine. The chance to tell stories on an international level would be a dream come true."

Levett's fellow WAAPA graduate Emilie Cocquerel (An Accidental Soldier, the coming Joe Cinque's Consolation) and Lily Sullivan, who earned an AACTA nomination for P. J. Hogan's Mental, were the runners-up.

Actors Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn and Vince Vaughn and directors Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) and Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly, Two Hands) were among this year's judges.

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/28313712/rising-star-wins-ledger-award/


Matt Levett played Charlie McKinnon on "Home and Away".

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