Heath Ledger: Latest directorial work released
A music video "King Rat" directed by late Heath Ledger for US rock band Modest Mouse debuted online on Tuesday.
The Academy Award winner conceived the animated music video in order to raise awareness of commercial whaling off the coast of his native Australia.
The six-minute, animated video is both whimsical and dark, showing whales and dolphins aboard a ship, fishing for humans in the water.
The video was unfinished at the time of the Heath Ledger's death in January 2008. He was 28. In March, Modest Mouse announced that the video would be released "in honor of Heath's last piece of work as a director".
According to Modest Mouse, Ledger approached them with the video concept in January 2007.
In an interview with VH1 in 2007, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock said, "Heath and I have a mutual friend and when we were in Australia, some of us in the band went out on a boat with him and his family and friends and talked about the idea. The idea sort of dropped, but then he just sent me an email saying that he wanted to do it".
The video concludes with a message in white letters on a black screen: "This began with our friend, a great defender of life, and was completed in his spirit".