Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1hr 40m
One of the most tragic and cinematically neglected episodes in Irish history is brought to life in Lance Daly’s apocalyptic Black ’47.
Nineteenth-century Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine. Feeney (James Frencheville), a stoic Irish Ranger who has been fighting abroad, abandons his post to return home and re-unite 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. With little else to live for, he sets on a destructive path of revenge. Hannah (Hugo Weaving), an ageing British soldier and famed tracker of deserters, is sent to stop Feeney before he can further stoke the fires of revolution.
Daly is unflinching in his depiction of violence and devastation. Perhaps more daringly, Daly has made the first widely released feature to focus on the Famine an unmistakable genre piece. It’s a western. It’s a revenge thriller. It takes the shootouts and taciturn antiheroes of Josey Wales and plants them in rainy Galway.
The result is a brutal but compelling tale of revenge played impressively by the Australian leads, with a brilliant supporting cast of Irish stars, including Moe Dunford, Barry Keoghan and Stephen Rea.