Hozier hits out at domestic violence in new video

Musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier tackles an important issue in a new video for the song Cherry Wine.
Musician Andrew Hozier-Byrne aka Hozier tackles an important issue in a new video for the song Cherry Wine.

Irish musician Hozier has teamed up with Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan to make a powerful statement against domestic violence.

In the video for Hozier's song Cherry Wine, directed by Emmy Award- winning director Dearbhla Walsh, Ronan is shown in loving scenes with her partner, played by Moe Dunford (Game of Thrones. They look like a loving couple, but these picture-perfect moments are juxtaposed with scenes of Ronan wiping make-up away to reveal her black eye in front of a mirror.


The video ends with a poignant shot of Ronan staring into the camera with her black eye before the hashtag #faceuptodomesticviolence comes on the screen.

Ronan is up for the best leading actress Oscar at next week's Academy Awards for her role in the drama Brooklyn.

Actress Saoirse Ronan in Hozier's new video, which speaks out about domestic violence.
Actress Saoirse Ronan in Hozier's new video, which speaks out about domestic violence.

Hozier released the video on Valentine's Day and revealed on Twitter that the profits from downloads would go to charities supporting victims of abuse.

It's not the first time Hozier has used his music to champion a cause.His breakout single Take Me To Church was accompanied by a black and white video which highlighted the issue of homophobia.

The singer used the hit song to push for equal rights for the LGBT community.

- AAP

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