U.S. distributors IFC Films have signed a deal to release Lance Daly’s Black ’47 in the US from September 28th. Black ’47 is now set to be released in Ireland, the UK and the US in September with the film opening in over 100 Irish cinemas on September 5th marking the widest release ever for an Irish film in Ireland.
The U.S. acquisition news follows the announcement this week that the film will have its’ North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival where it will join John Butler’s John Butler's third feature, Papi Chulo, is the story of a lonely TV weatherman who strikes up an unusual friendship with a middle-aged Latino migrant worker., Paddy Breathnach’s Rosie is a contemporary drama directed by Paddy Breathnach from a script by Roddy Doyle, and starring Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford., and Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia in the line-up.
We are honored to be able to release a film with such deep historical significance. It truly is a rallying cry for many Irish people who have felt their story has gone too long untold, and Lance has done an extraordinary job of presenting the film’s unique setting with warmth, passion, and sincerity. We are extremely proud to be sharing this impressive work with American audiences.
Jonathan Sehring and Lisa Schwartz, Co-Presidents – IFC Films
I’m really looking forward to collaborating with IFC, in reaching out to both Irish-American audiences who will find so much personal relevance in the story behind the Irish exodus to north America, and to their wider audience (who can also claim part-Irishness after seeing this movie!). This is the first time the Great Irish Famine has been dramatized for the big screen and it will be fascinating to see how Americans and Canadians react to these images of our past, to this extraordinary story, and to the blend of action, history, and drama that our cast and crew worked so hard to create.
Lance Daly, Director
Black ’47 is set during the Great Irish Famine and stars Hugo Weaving (Hacksaw Ridge, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix), 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 Frecheville (Animal Kingdom, The Drop) and Freddie Fox (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) along with a strong young Irish cast including Barry Keoghan is an Irish actor from Summerhill in Dublin, best known for his roles in Dunkirk and The Killing of a Sacred Deer. (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.
Following its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, the film opened both the Audi Founded in 2003, the Dublin International Film Festival sets the agenda of the year with its programme of outstanding Irish and international film. and Belfast Film Festival and was the closing film of the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this summer.
The screenplay was written by PJ Dillon (Rewind), Pierce Ryan (Standby), Eugene O’Brien (Eden) and Lance Daly (Life’s a Breeze, Kisses). Produced by Macdara Kelleher for Fastnet Films is the Irish film and television production company of Macdara Kelleher, Morgan Bushe and director Lance Daly. with Tim O’Hair, Arcadiy Golubovich and Jonathan Loughran, Black ’47 was financed by Primemeridian Entertainment, the Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland (FÉ/SI) is the national development agency for Irish filmmaking and the Irish film, television and animation industry., the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution is an Irish film distributor established in early 2013 specialising in new and fresh approaches to distribution., Altitude, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films.
Black ’47 goes on release in Irish cinemas from Wednesday 5th September.
IFC Films is film distribution company based in New York City which has released titles such as Boyhood, 45 Years, Gomorrah and The Death of Stalin. Irish features they’ve distributed in the US include The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Grabbers and The Summit.