Film Construction signs 1 billion views director

Signed to Smuggler in New York, Antidote Films in Ireland, and now Film Construction for Asia Pacific, Brendan Canty pretty much has the world at his feet. 

Canty found early success with his music video for Hozier’s – Take Me To Church which has surpassed one billion views cumulatively on YouTube, along with two MTV/VMA nominations.

Since then he has worked his way to being one of the most exciting and prolific Irish Directors to watch. Directing a mix of styles from visually stunning music videos for famed international artists including Dermot Kennedy, Saint Sister and Talos; commercial work for brands such as Budweiser and Failte Ireland; and two critically acclaimed short films.

In 2017 his IFTA-nominated debut short For You starring Barry Keoghan took out a Kinsale Shark and a Vimeo Staff Pick. And in 2019 Brendan’s second short film Christy premiered to rave reviews. It caught the attention of BBC Film, who are currently in development with Canty on a feature-length version of Christy.

Production is slated for mid-2022 in Ireland.

“I think it’s being able to capture small moments with a big heart or a feeling that resonates,” says Canty of his work.

Construction and Brendan met in the Autumn of 2021. Canty fresh from an Auckland Quarantine hotel stay, here to explore the country with Kiwi partner, Director Ayla Amano. Conveniently side-stepping what was then a hot Covid mess in Ireland.

Having spent a few months sampling Kiwi freedoms, and presently a Kiwi lockdown, Canty is more than ready to get rolling on some projects down under.

“Brendan’s portfolio was enough of a calling card. But add to that his lilting Irish accent, and down to earth charisma, of course we wanted this dynamo of talent part of our filmmaker family. And the bonus is, we now have two parts of this duo (Brendan & Ayla) attached to the roster,” says Belinda Bradley, Exec Producer at Film Construction.

The couple plan to split their time living and working between New Zealand and Ireland. 

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