Cork filmmaker signs for one of the world's top production companies

Cork filmmaker signs for one of the world's top production companies
Filmmaker Brendan Canty

CORK filmmaker Brendan Canty, who made Hozier’s iconic ‘Take Me To Church’ video has landed a new role working with esteemed production company, Smuggler.

Brendan, who originally hails from Ballincollig, moved to New York City to expand his horizons and career prospects. 

Brendan told The Echo: “I’m over the moon to have signed with Smuggler; one of the most respected production companies on the planet. 

"They represent some incredible talent such as Miles Jay, Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Jonah Hill to name a few. 

"I moved to New York in the summer to advance my career and they have made me feel so welcome. 

"Only after initially chatting to them I realised the big Irish contingent in the company - Brian Carmody, one of the founders, is from Skibbereen!” 

Founded in 2002 by Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody, Smuggler is home to a unique roster of directing talent alongside an experienced and multifaceted global production and management team. 

The company has numerous accolades to its name including several Cannes Lions Palme d’Or awards, Tony's, Olivier's, Emmy's and a Grammy.

Brendan has a diverse and impressive repertoire of work to his name thus far including the ‘Take Me To Church’ video, which saw him nominated for two VMAs, a promotional video for President Higgins to help with his re-election campaign and a music video for Irish band, Talos. 

He has also worked with an extensive list of clients including Budweiser, Lloyd’s Bank and Gas Networks Ireland. Currently back in Cork working on a few projects, Brendan said he is excited to fully immerse himself in the new role next year:

“I’ve been back in Ireland since September working on a number of TV commercials for Failté Ireland, an upcoming music video for Dermot Kennedy and to premiere my Cork based short film Christy (which launched at the Cork Film Festival) and I’m beyond excited to hit the ground running when I get back over there in January.”

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