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Luke Bather - 12th July 2017

Jamie Thraves delivers a compelling double-feature for The All-American Rejects.

After proving his acting chops in Amazon's hit show Preacher, this complex story of a double life comes as no problem to the band's frontman Tyson Ritter. We first meet Ritter as Betsy - a sex worker on the streets. She gets arrested and escapes via a wonderfully choreographed street dance - with choreography by Michael Rooney. At this point Betsy becomes Robert - a wealthy man who seems to have it all, or at least makes it his business to appear as if he does.

Robert's surprise party becomes a melancholy affair in which he seems completely out of his comfort zone, and the two halves of the video become a study in identity and loneliness. Can Robert stand to spend time with anybody if money isn't being exchanged? Is it really all in his head? Thraves lets the work say whatever it likes to you and makes you sit there and contemplate it.

Credits

DirectorJamie Thraves
ProducerPaulette Agnes Ang
Production CompanyKode Media
Executive ProducerNathan Killham
Production ManagerCandice Perkins
1st ADKenneth Taylor
Director of PhotographyMatthew Chuang
Focus PullerTom Arsenault
2nd ACPaulina Bryant
GafferVictoria Chenoweth
Art DirectorSid Nicholson
WardrobeElise Velasco
HairRachael Benson
Make-upAtlas Ferrera
EditorJamie Thraves
Lead actorTyson Ritter
Director's RepresentationCarrie Sutton
CommissionerDilly Gent
Other creditsSteadicam Operator: Jessica Lopez Casting Director: Richard Jordan Colourist (Sweat): Dan Moran @ Coffee & TV Colourist (Close Your Eyes): Toby Tomkins @ CHEAT Sound Design: White Noise Lab

Luke Bather - 12th July 2017

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