Hozier video filmmaker to open youth film festival

The young Irish filmmaker behind Hozier’s controversial Take Me to Church video – which has been viewed over 150m times on YouTube – will open one of the country’s top youth film festivals in Cork tomorrow.

Hozier video filmmaker to open youth film festival

Brendan Canty, 26, who studied multimedia in CIT, will share his story with the next generation of filmmakers attending the Sixth First Cut! Youth Film Festival in Youghal.

Brendan shot to international fame in 2013 when he and his friend, Conal Thompson, were hired by Hozier to shoot the video for his Grammy-nominated song. Hozier wanted to address the issue of the repression of gay people in Russia.

Brendan and Conal shot a short black and white video, which featured two men kissing. It gained worldwide attention and has since been viewed over 150m times.

Brendan, who has been making movies since he was 16, will officially open the festival at a pop-up cinema in Youghal’s Mall Arts Centre at 10.30am tomorrow.

“In transition year I became friends with a guy who made films and we decided to make one together,” he said. “We brought all our friends together for the film and it was undoubtedly one of the best times and learning experiences in my life.”

Festival coordinator Mary McGrath said Brendan’s story will resonate with many of the young people attending the festival.

“We are setting out to give those who are thinking of studying film an insight into that and to see what courses are available at third level and, in addition, how to transition to working in the industry,” she said.

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