19 March 2019 The Irish Film & Television Network
Actors
TV
Crew
Digital
Distribution
Education / Training
Equipment
Festivals / Markets
Finance
Legal
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Production
Rep Bodies
JOBS FILMOGRAPHY NEWS WHO'S WHO DIARY GALLERY IFTA
     
NEWS IN BRIEF
Features & Interviews
Production News
Post Production News
VFX News
Animation News
Digital News
Festivals News
Training News
Cast News
Finance News
IFTA Film & Drama Awards
Galway Film Fleadh 2017
List Your Company
Daily News Bulletin
Site Map
IFTN HOME
'Black 47' Enjoys Successful World Premiere At Berlin International Film Festival
20 Feb 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Lance Daly’s highly anticipated ‘Black 47’ has been warmly received by critics following its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival last week.

The film, which is an action movie set during the Great Irish Famine, stars Hugo Weaving (‘Hacksaw Ridge’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Matrix’) and Jim Broadbent, (Oscar® winner for ‘Iris’) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea (‘The Crying Game’, ‘Michael Collins’, and ‘Interview with the Vampire’).

Following its debut at BIFF, the film is garnering recognition internationally, as it highlights the harrowing atrocities that took place in Ireland during the mid-19th Century.

Variety’s Jessica Kiang emphasised this following the premiere stating:

“Compared to other eras in Ireland’s history, there is no great wealth of contemporary Famine literature, few photographs document its excesses and even fewer films.”

‘Black 47’  joined films by Wes Anderson and Gus Van Sant at this year’s festival and now follows major Irish films such as Jim Sheridan’s ‘The Boxer’, Neil Jordan’s ‘The Butcher Boy’ and John Michael McDonagh’s ‘The Guard’ to have premiered at the festival.

It is expected that ‘Black 47’ will shock audiences internationally as Kiang adds:

“And so this may well be the first encounter international audiences will have had with the Great Hunger, and for them Daly delivers a resonant, beautifully performed Irish Western that benefits from the exotic sound of Irish Gaelic spoken as a living language, and the brackish majesty of cinematographer Declan Quinn’s wide vistas.” 

 ‘Black 47’ sees Weaving and Broadbent joined by other international talent including James Frecheville who starred in the critically acclaimed ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘The Drop’ with Tom Hardy and Freddie Fox who was recently seen in Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’.

The film also has a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan (‘Dunkirk’, ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’), Moe Dunford (‘Vikings’, ‘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 estranged 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. Hannah, an ageing British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution.

But Hannah and Feeney are old army comrades, forged by their time fighting together. Personal bonds and shifting allegiances cause both men to question their motives, as they are tested to the limit by the hellish landscape of ‘The Great Hunger’.

‘Black 47’ is directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include ‘Life’s a Breeze’ which premiered at Toronto Film Festival. His breakout feature ‘Kisses’ was named the Best Feature Film at the Galway Film Fleadh, Foyle and Miami film festivals, was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and the Golden Leopard at Locarno.  It became the highest grossing Irish film of the year and Lance picked up Best Director at the IFTA’s. Lance was winner of the Galway Film Fleadh’s Bingham Ray New Talent Award (2013).

The screenplay is written by PJ Dillon (‘Rewind’), Pierce Ryan (‘Standby’), Eugene O’Brien (‘Eden’) and Lance Daly (‘Life’s a Breeze’, ‘Kisses’).

‘Black 47’ was produced by Macdara Kelleher whose credits include ‘Strangerland’ starring Nicole Kidman, Lance Daly’s ‘Kisses’, ‘What If’ starring Daniel Radcliffe, Urszula Antoniak’s ‘Nothing Personal’, and Rebecca Daly’s ‘The Other Side of Sleep’. Kelleher recently produced ‘The Professor and the Madman’ with Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. He is co-founder of Dublin-based Fastnet Films with Lance Daly and Morgan Bushe.

The film was also produced by Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran with financing from Primemeridian Entertainment, the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, Altitude, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.

‘Black 47’ will be brought to Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution later this year.




BREAKING NEWS
RTÉ to Broadcast Special Screening of 'Kevin Roche: The Quiet Architect' on March 19th
'Syria – The Impossible Revolution' Screens at the Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival
WRAP Fund Opens Applications for Latest Development Support Funding
Brendan Gleeson's Directorial Debut 'Psychic' Airs on Sky Arts on St Patrick's Day

FEATURES & INTERVIEWS
EXCLUSIVE: Trailer & Artwork Released for David Gleeson’s Supernatural Thriller 'Don’t Go', in Irish Cinemas April 12th
Mark O'Rowe Talks 'Temple' with IFTN
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.


RELATED NEWS
First Look Trailer Released for 'The Professor and the Madman'
14 Mar 2019 
IFI International Brings Irish Film to International Festivals
05 Mar 2019 
Screen Ireland Announces Q4 2018 Funding Decisions
05 Mar 2019 
Alan Mulligan's 'The Limit Of' Releases in Irish Cinemas on April 5th
12 Feb 2019 
EDITOR'S PICK
SXSW Announces Additional 'BUZZ' Screening for Blinder Film's 'Extra Ordinary'
Production Preparations Underway for Female-Fronted Irish Housing Drama 'Herself'
'Unquiet Graves' Director Sean Murray Talks with IFTN
Exclusive: First Look Artwork Released for ‘The Limit Of’
MORE ON IFTN
Upcoming Festivals
Key dates & deadlines in the Events Diary
Distribution In Ireland
Irish cinema & DVD distribution
Training in Ireland
The latest on Irish film / TV industry training

CONNECT WITH IFTN
Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed




 
 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors
 

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter