They are stars that captured the imagination of the public in life, and perhaps more so in death. Death of a Film Star, a new podcast exploring the lives, and deaths of film legends that left us too soon, released its first episode.
Film Star is the latest in Crowd Networks “Death of” series that previously looked at rock stars and sports stars. The first episode focuses on Heath Ledger, the fresh-faced actor that stunned audiences with his transformation into the Joker in The Dark Knight before passing away suddenly.
Other episodes will delve into the stories of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther icon and recent Golden Globe winner, and Carrie Fisher, James Dean, Judy Garland, and Robin Williams.
The narrators of the show are Elroy ‘Spoonface’ Powell and Emma Clarke, with episodes written by author and broadcaster Tom Fordyce, and Mike Henson.
Fordyce, creative director at Crowd Network, said: “We’ve seen such a brilliant response to our other ‘Death of’ titles, and people have really connected with the way we tell the stories of these incredibly famous figures who have often died in tragic circumstances, recasting them in a new light. We’ve looked to the US as inspiration for these narrative-led podcasts, carving out our own style and back catalog here in the UK, and it’s clearly resonating with listeners.”
The first episode on Heath Ledger is available here.