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Jun 21 2018

Lance Daly on his Famine-era film Black 47 at the Galway Film Fleadh

'It’s a proper night at the movies, not just a thesis on history'

BLACK 47, Lance Daly’s Famine-set thriller, will close this year’s Galway Film Fleadh on Sunday July 15. The western-tinged revenge drama is part of the festival’s ‘Galway on Film’ strand, a rich selection of films that features Galway and Galwegians.

Black 47 is set in 1847 at the height of the Famine. Feeney, a hardened Connaught Ranger who has been fighting abroad, deserts the British army to return to Connemara and his family. He has seen his share of horrors as a soldier but nothing prepares him for the Famine’s destruction of his homeland. He finds his mother has starved to death and his brother has been hanged. Feeney embarks on a destructive quest to avenge his family, systematically working his way up the political and social hierarchy of 19th century Ireland.

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