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The Teskey Brothers 'Take My Heart' by W.A.M. Bleakley

Rob Ulitski - 4th Apr 2023

Bill Bleakley directs the second in a trilogy of interconnected clips for Australian blues band The Teskey Brothers, following some of the same characters from the first video, whilst introducing a few more - including a teenager with aspirations to be a rodeo rider.

Take My Heart follows the Oceans Of Emotion video in weaving between the stories of real-life couples - including rodeo legend Lance Anderson and his wife - creating a cinematic sensibility in the process, so it feels as much like drama as documentary.

Bleakley adds young Noah Dingle to the narrative - who travels to meet and learn how to become a rodeo rider from Lance. And throughout we also have the parallel story of the Teskey Brothers themselves, travelling across country, performing in unlikely small town ventues - a scout hall and the middle of an ice hockey rink, surrounded by a cheering crowd .

“It was a nice challenge to make a three part narrative clip – I’m not used to splitting narrative arcs over a few episodes," Bleakley explains. "Each of the videos had to work as a standalone clip, but also had to add weight to the series so it was tricky to get right.”

“Lance is already Noah’s teacher, so we continued to use a documentary approach: try and capture real life rather than recreate it.”

It's a real tapestry, and the director and his team - including DoP Adric Watson and editor Paul Rowe - have done a fantastic job with this. And one more to come. We wait in anticipation for the third and final chapter. 

Rob Ulitski - 4th Apr 2023


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James Litchfield
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Swag Film


Director of Photography
Adric Watson
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Lewis Rodan
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Anthony Taranto
Brett Harrison


Paul Rowe


Jeremy Furze
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