BLACK 47 announced as the closing film of the 30th Galway Film Fleadh

Posted June 13, 2018 by Suzanne Murray in Uncategorized
black 47 teaser poster
black 47 teaser poster

BLACK 47, Lance Daly’s famine-set thriller will close the 30th edition of the Galway Film Fleadh on July 15th. The unique western-tinged revenge film screens as part of the festival’s ‘Galway on Film’ programme, a rich selection of films that feature Galway and Galwegian people at its core.

The action film 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).  Joining them are rising international actors James Frencheville (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.

Speaking about the announcement, Director Lance Daly said:

“It’s great to be coming back to the Galway Film Fleadh with BLACK 47 – which is actually set in Connemara and tells a story of the Great Famine that is particularly relevant to the West – and we’re thrilled to have such a prestigious slot in this year’s amazing programme. I’m hopeful that the “Connemara Irish” and Maumturk Mountains featured in the movie will give it an extra boost with the local audience! The Fleadh has always been an important place to meet fellow filmmakers and celebrate Irish cinema, and I can’t think of a better launch pad for our film ahead of its September release.”

BLACK 47 will screen in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday 15th July at 8pm with Lance Daly, Moe Dunford and Barry Keoghan in attendance.