Cat Velez - 11th May 2015

Brendan Canty has delivered this touching video for Gavin James's For You, exploring the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter, and what they do to protect each other.

The narrative follows a young girl tries to save her mother from a dependency on alcohol by stealing her drink. In a painful sequence of events, the girl finds solace in her relationship with a boy who ends up cheating on her. It is then her mother's turn to defend her daughter in the only way she knows how: exerting her motherly rage.


"The track is so cinematic, emotive and beautiful. As soon as I heard it I had to do the video. I wanted to create a gritty emotional narrative that was quite intimate and personal. A film driven by subtle and powerful performances from the actors. My idea was based around those two words 'For You', and all the things the mother and the daughter do for each other to show that they care, even if those things are a bit extreme. 

"It was undoubtedly the most enjoyable film I've ever worked on and such a privilege to direct. The label were amazing and gave us so much space to work with and the cast and crew were just phenomenal. 

"It was filmed in the flats at St.Teresa Gardens in Dublin. They are in the process of knocking them down at the moment so it was pretty special to film this in there before they are totally knocked. The community there were amazing and really got behind the shoot, all the extras in the video were people who lived there." 


DirectorBrendan Canty
Co-DirectorConal Thomson
ProducerDavid Lester Mooney
Director of PhotographyNarayan Van Maele
1st ADBlaire Massie
GafferCon Dempsey
WardrobeJenny Nolan
Production designerMark Kilbride
Art Department AssistantKevin O'Farrell
Hair & Make-upJulie Anne Ryan & Niamh O'Malley
Focus PullerMike Gilbert
Camera AssistantJoey Ingersoll
Casting directorMaureen Hughes
ColouristGary Curran
Director's RepresentationLock It In

Cat Velez - 11th May 2015

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