In an epic recording session Composer Adam Starr and Didgeridoo Virtuoso Mark Atkins have laid down an incredible original score for Take Heart: The Quest to Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Mark traveled down from his hometown outside Tamworth to Melbourne to do the recording at Pughouse Studios.

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Moonshine Movies and the World Heart Federation have recently collaborated on a short film as part of the Take Heart series which will be shown at the United Nations in New York on World Heart Day (29 September 2015).

This is a wonderful opportunity, as the audience will include very high-level delegates from around the world, who have the capacity to make real change. Her Excellency Mme Toyin Sakari will be hosting the event, and representatives of the United Nation’s Every Woman Every Child movement will be there to show their commitment.

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In another leap forward for the Take Heart project, acclaimed Indigenous Australian journalist and anchor Mr Stan Grant recorded the narration for a film that aims to change the way  the majority of Australians and New Zealanders currently think about Indigenous Australian, Māori and Pacific Islander health.

“Today, Australia boasts the world’s 12th largest economy, the 5th highest per capita income, and the 2nd highest human development index ranking – which means it’s considered to be amongst the world’s most “equal” societies.  Why then, do Australia’s first people have amongst the highest rates of a preventable disease in the world?”

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Part One of the Take Heart project has officially expanded its scope to include New Zealand.

Thanks to the support of the NZ Ministry of Health and Cure Kids, Take Heart has now captured stories in South Auckland and the Northland.

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Take Heart is Go!

In a flurry of activity, Take Heart has attached a series of sponsors which means the project is now officially green-lit.

Take Heart is a global media communications initiative designed to put Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) on the global media and public health agendas.

Part One of the series focuses on Australasia, including a one-hour television special designed to lift the lid on Rheumatic Heart Disease, an entirely preventable disease that threatens the lives of 2% of all Indigenous Australians (Dr Bo Remenyi, Menzies School for Health Research).

Our deep thanks goes out to Presenting Sponsor Aspen Foundation and Supporting Sponsors Snow Foundation, National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand Ministry of Health,  Cure Kids, World Heart Federation, NT Cardiac, Layhna Health, RHD Australia, Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System and Moonshine Movies.

Please sign-up to stay tuned to the project release, which is earmarked for release from April 2015, with the first in a series of 10 short films.  Part One of the television series, a one-hour program about The Quest To Rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease ,is scheduled for release in late 2015. Read more…

Take Heart Public Service Announcement On TV

Courtesy of Emmanuelle Clarke, Menzies School of Health Research

The ‘Take Heart Public Health Service Announcement: Maningrida’ will be aired in full (4:28 minutes) for free on Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) tomorrow at 01:24 (CST). It will be then aired another 4 times – check here for further screening times:

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Maningrida Public Service Announcement

On a recent filming trip to Darwin and the Tiwi Islands we worked closely with Dr Bo Remenyi of NT Cardiac and Alice Mitchell of the Menzies School of Health Research to create a public service announcement for the indigenous community to Maningrida in the Northern Territory.

Regrettably the youngsters in the community have been hit hard in recent times with an outbreak of acute rheumatic fever.  This film was produced in less that a week to respond to the health emergency and carry important preventative health warnings. Read more…

Official Launch of Take Heart

We’re delighted to announce that the official launch of Take Heart: The Quest to Rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease will take place at the Opening Ceremony of the World Cardiology Congress in Melbourne during early May before thousands of delegates from around the world.

To coincide with the launch the Official Teaser is now publicly available.  Click through to watch it now.

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Take Heart Together We Are Stronger

It is with great delight that we announce the Cardiac Society for Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ) has officially joined the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart federation as major sponsors of Take Heart.

Production has continued in both the Northern Territory in Melbourne following the stories of our dynamic central characters Liddywoo, Brooklyn, Trenton, Carlissa and Dr Bo Remenyi. More filming is schedule in the New Year and post-production is underway on the collection of short films.

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The untold cost of Rheumatic Heart Disease RHD

What disease starts as a sore throat in children…

And ends with open heart surgery, stroke or heart failure?

Clue: It kills 1000 young people EVERY DAY

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Take Heart heads to the Top End to film!

With ongoing support from the National Heart Foundation of Australia we are escaping a bit of bleak Melbourne winter and heading to the ‘top end’!  Earlier this year we began collaborating with RHDAustralia at Menzies School of Health Research on ‘Take Heart- The Quest to Rid the World of Rheumatic Heart Disease’ to identify participants in the Northern Territory and with the new funding confirmed we are heading north in August.

This is a very important next step in filming for the project.  Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is preventable but it currently affects over 15 million people worldwide and Australia has one of the highest recorded rates of RHD despite the disease being almost eradicated in most developed countries.

Over a three year period Take Heart will announce this global health crisis to new audiences around the world, provide a context for the staggering scale and scope of RHD, create empathy for the human cost and follow the stories of a diverse group of people living with Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) and RHD.  The series is designed to generate insights into how ARF can be eliminated globally and the burden of RHD can be minimized. Read more…

RHD Australia – Welcome

We are delighted to be collaborating with RHD Australia to identify participants for the project in Australia and enhance the project’s outreach and audience engagement potential. Read more…

Lights Camera Social Action!

Take Heart has commenced filming in Cape Town, South Africa.  Meeting with experts in Cardiac Disease, Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF) at the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery has provided a tremendous groundwork for the films that will follow.

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Cape Town Calling

The first stop for Take Heart is the 6th World Congress of Paediatric Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery in Cape Town South Africa (17-22 February 2013).

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Calling For Nominations – RHD/ ARF Programs

The communications strategy behind Take Heart is designed to reach out to a broad audience, engage their attention and provide a clear pathway for them to get involved, provide feedback and monitor their investment at work over time (even if that investment is simply their time and interest).

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Take Heart Takes Off

Thanks to the support of the National Heart Foundation of Australia and the World Heart Federation, Take Heart is now  officially in pre-production.



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