Filming is underway on Irish filmmaker Lance Daly’s western-style thriller ‘Black 47,’ with an James Frecheville (‘The Stanford Prison Experiment,’ ‘Animal Kingdom’), Hugo Weaving (‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ ‘The Lord of the Rings’), Jim Broadbent (‘Bridget Jones’s Baby,’ ‘Brooklyn’), and Stephen Rea (‘Underworld: Awakening,’ ‘V for Vendetta’) headlining.
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 based on PJ Dillion and Pierce Ryan’s award winning 2008 short ‘An Ranger,’ and was penned by Dillon, Ryan, Eugene O’Brien and Daly.
The drama also features an all-star Irish cast that includes Sarah Greene (‘Penny Dreadful,’ ‘Burnt’), Moe Dunford (‘Vikings,’ ‘Patrick’s Day’), and Barry Keoghan (‘Trespass Against Us,’ ‘Love/Hate’).
‘Black 47’ is now shooting around Connemara, Kildare and Wicklow.