When it came to the Irish Famine of 1845, very few filmmakers dared tread the tragic sensitive topic. Fear of antagonizing anyone, things have changed with BLACK 47.
Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix) heads an all-star cast, the box office smash and must-see Irish film of 2018. Now available for pre-order, the film set against the backdrop of the Irish famine of 1847, also stars Jim Broadbent (Oscar®winner for Iris), Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Michael Collins), Barry Keoghan (American Animals, Dunkirk) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) is available for digital download 14 December and on DVD & Blu-ray 26 December.
Lance Daly’s (Kisses, Life’s A Breeze) acclaimed feature, loved by critics and audiences alike, was a hit at the Irish and UK box office where it made over €1.8m (£1.6m) breaking records in the Republic of Ireland.
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.
The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby), Eugene O’Brien (Eden) and Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses) and was produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran.
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