Thursday 14 December 2017

Hozier video director a 'class act', says dad despite award loss

Brendan Canty
Brendan Canty at VMAs

A PROUD Irish father hailed his film director son as "a class act" despite the heartache of narrowly missing out on an MTV video music award in Hollywood for his work with Hozier.

Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson were narrowly beaten by US filmmaker Colin Tilley for the Best Director title at a star-studded MTV VMA ceremony in the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

The US director won for his Alright video with Kendrick Lamar at the ceremony, which was hosted by Miley Cyrus.

However, there was enormous reaction for Hozier's Take Me To Church video which was shot on a shoestring budget by Canty and Thomson.

The Cork-based duo produced the video for a fraction of what some US music videos cost - and yet garnered millions of internet 'hits' and rave reviews from critics.

The video was shot in black-and-white at various locations around Ballincollig and Ovens in Cork.


Brendan's father, Greg, who was in the audience, paid tribute to his talented son.

"You are a class act - so proud of you. You did brilliant," he said.

Wexford-born singer-songwriter, Hozier, also paid glowing tribute to the duo. "Although Take Me To Church did not win at the MTV VMAs we are incredibly proud of the ground-breaking video by Brendan and Conal," he said.

Brendan and Conal operate the Feel Good Lost production company, which is now considered one of the world's most exciting up-and-coming film firms.

Brendan admitted he was still pinching himself to be rubbing shoulders with superstars - and was magnanimous in his tribute to the winning US director.

"Congratulations to the brilliant Colin Tilley for winning the best direction award. Of all the videos to lose out to, that was the best," he said.

The Irish duo was nominated in two MTV VMA categories, best direction and best rock video.

Brendan considers just being nominated for the prestigious award as an incredible victory for them.

"I never in a million years thought that they were going to be nominated.

"What surprised me most was that, if we were going to be nominated, I thought it would have been for the 2014 MTV VMA awards given the timing of our video."

The duo now hopes the MTV VMA nomination will open doors for them within the global film industry.

"That's what is great about music videos - they are brilliant for getting your name known," Brendan said.

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