For such an earth-shattering occurance, there have been very few films dealing with the Great Irish Famine. The Famine killed millions and its aftermath still echoes throughout the country 200 years later. Director Lance Daly is tackling the event head-on in Black 47, a new drama with a strong cast (Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, Jim Broadbent and Barry Keoghan).
Black 47 looks like it packs a serious punch, with a nice touch of the Bravehearts. Look for it when it opens in Irish cinemas on 5 September and the UK on 28 September
The action film, which closed the recent Galway Film Fleadh to great acclaim, is set during the Great Irish Famine and stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), Jim Broadbent (Oscar®winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins). Joining them are rising international actors James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) and Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Moe Dunford (Michael Inside, Patrick’s Day) and Sarah Greene (Noble, Penny Dreadful).
It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order. He discovers his mother starved to death and his brother hanged by the brutal hand of the English. With little else to live for, he sets a destructive path to avenge his family.