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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Dublin film The Omega Male showing at Cannes Film Festival

Showing that there is no shortage of talent in the family, Jon Hozier has proudly spoken of his film The Omega Man which is being screened in Cannes.

The brother of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, better known simply as Hozier, and son of an acclaimed artist, there is something in the genes as Jon recently set up a film company and some early success has resulted in their first film omega Man being screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Along with brother Jon, Conor O’Toole, Conor Barry, David Reilly and James McDonnell set up Stoneface Films in January with The Omega Male, their first short feature film.

The inspiration of the story is the continuing number of people leaving these shores in search of pastures new and inspired by the 1971 Charles Heston film The Omega Man.

“It was the feeling of having all your friends emigrating in a short period of time,” he told Radio One. “We’re in our mid-20s and there aren’t that many of us left anymore.”

“It’s a young man who is the last person in Dublin and he’s wandering around wondering if there are zombies or if there was some virus.”

“Trying to maintain a sense of normality, while at the same time, for a large part of the film, being naked.”

During the film there are scenes of a deserted Dublin city centre, which required work to pull off such stunning imagery.

“We went into town on a Saturday morning at 5am after staying awake all night for fear we would sleep in,” he revealed.

“It’s fairly inactive at that time except for some street cleaners. They kindly moved for us and we had humble co-operation from any walkers and lorry drivers and whoever else was nearby.”

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