Singer-songwriter Hozier has used his most recent music video to tackle domestic abuse.
The video for ‘Cherry Wine’, starring Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan, portrays the seemingly perfect relationship between a couple in love, but we soon see the dark secret that Ronan’s character is hiding: she is a victim of domestic abuse.
“Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations.
“With the song ‘Cherry Wine’, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence, and the dynamic of an abusive relationship,” said Hozier.
‘Cherry Wine’ was written from the perspective of a male victim of abuse, although the video switches this on its head to represent a female sufferer. The lyrics and video explore the complexities in these relationships; where the victim is often left feeling ashamed and guilty at the hands of an emotionally manipulative abuser.
“I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse, and in doing so, help those caught up in the cycle of domestic abuse,” Ronan says.
The video was made in an effort to support the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign. Proceeds from the single will be donated to a collection of international domestic abuse charities, including Safe Ireland. You can download the track at www.iTunes.com/cherrywine.
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