Fastnet Films and Wildcard Distribution have announced that filming has started on Black 47 starring multi-award winning actor Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent. The eight-week shoot is taking place in Connemara, Kildare and Wicklow.
Black 47 sees Weaving and Broadbent joined by James Frecheville and Stephen Rea.
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 directed by Lance Daly, whose previous films include Life’s a Breeze, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival. .
The screenplay is written by PJ Dillon.
BLACK 47 is financed by Primemeridian Entertainment, the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution, BAI, TV3, Eurimages, Umedia, Samsa Films and Fastnet Films. CAA is handling the North American sale.