Singer-songwriter Hozier and actress Saoirse Ronan have teamed up for a music clip that packs an anti-punch. Poignantly premiered yesterday on Valentine’s Day, ‘Cherry Wine‘ is a powerful video that directly addresses the issue of domestic violence and the broader anti-violence against women campaign.
The video sees two-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel) portraying a young woman dealing with a physically abusive relationship. The clip also stars actor Moe Dunford (Vikings, Game Of Thrones) and is directed by Emmy winning Irish director Dearbhla Walsh.
‘Cherry Wine’ was written by Hozier from the male perspective of an abuse sufferer. The gut-wrenching chorus “The way she tells me I’m hers and she is mine / Open hand or closed fist would be fine / The blood is rare and sweet as cherry wine” offers a unique insight into the victims mindset and the justification or guilt they so often burden themselves with.
Speaking of his decision to lead this charity campaign Hozier said, “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.”
Saoirse Ronan added, “I am equally honoured to join Hozier to create awareness for the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign. The song has always been one of my favourite tracks on his album. 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 violence”.
Proceeds from downloads of ‘Cherry Wine’ on iTunes will be donated to a domestic abuse charity in the country in which it was downloaded. Australia – Our Watch – http://www.ourwatch.org.au/.