BLACK 47 to have special screening in the Irish Film Institute in association with Famine Exhibition

Posted March 6, 2018 by Suzanne Murray in News
Black 47 directed by Lance Daly
Black 47 directed by Lance Daly

Following its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival and opening the Audi Dublin International Film Festival last month, BLACK 47 will screen at a special event at the Irish Film Institute in association with the ‘Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger’ Exhibition on 21st March at 8pm.

The evening event which will take place in the Irish Film Institute will also feature the short film THE HUNGER TIMES.  The screening of BLACK 47 will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Lance Daly.  To coincide with this screening, the IFI has curated a selection of films FAMINE ON FILM, to screen throughout March as part of its Archive at Lunchtime programme.

Tickets for the event are available for purchase on www.ifi.ie/black47, or by phone 01 679 3477

The ‘Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger’ exhibition features paintings and sculptures from the world’s largest collection of famine-related art. The artworks, created by some of the most eminent Irish and Irish-American artists of the past 170 years, will make the journey across the Atlantic from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. The exhibition will open at Dublin Castle on March 8th until June 2018, before moving to the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen in July and finally to Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry, in 2019. Admission is free.

BLACK 47, an action film set during the Great Irish Famine, is directed by Lance Daly (Kisses, Life’s A Breeze) and stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, the Lord of the Rings, Matrix and Transformers franchises) and Jim Broadbent, (Oscar®winner for Iris) and the prolific Irish screen and stage actor Stephen Rea.  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 (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.

Exploring the legacy of the Great Irish Famine and its relevance in a modern context, THE HUNGER TIMES is a short film aimed at 10-13 year olds, produced by Tile Media. This is the first time that a Famine story has been told on film through the eyes of children. Set in the present day, a girl and boy go back in time to witness the Irish Famine, where they encounter a child their own age and learn how the Great Hunger has affected his family – and their own destiny. Filmed on location in Ireland and United States, the film was commissioned through an open competition by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM) at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. It was funded by The Ireland Funds.

Bringing together historical research and strong visual storytelling, THE HUNGER TIMES will be distributed via on-line platforms and accompanied by educational materials. Mindful of a wide range of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, it is intended for use as an educational aid and as an engaging story in its own right.

Throughout March, as part of the IFI’s free Archive at Lunchtime screenings of films curated from the IFI Irish Film Archive, the IFI will present FAMINE ON FILM. Films include Frank Stapleton’s Poorhouse,  Pat Murphy’s Strokestown on Film, and Steve Wood’s Ireland – 1848. A special Omnibus edition will be presented on Saturday 24th, with Dr Tony Tracy from Huston School of Film & Digital Media NUIG introducing a selection of films from the programme in the presence of a number of the filmmakers.

BLACK 47 will be brought to Irish cinemas by Wildcard Distribution later this year.