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Black 47 - new Irish film about The Great Hunger

  • 23-02-2018 11:24pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭ Waitsian


    Having seen the 10 min short that led to the script for this new feature length movie I was intrigued to hear it's finished and awaiting general release. Anyone know when that might be? Any sign of a trailer? I've seen a few clips and will reserve judgement. Anybody see it at the film festival recently?

    I'm looking forward to it at any rate. Has there been any other movies to tackle this catastrophic event in our history?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ Sarxos


    That's a lot of questions! It hasn't got a release date yet, but it will be towards the end of the year. There's no trailer yet as it only completed post-production a short while before the Berlin Film Festival. I saw it at ADIFF. It's very good. A classic western narrative set against the famine. The famine has not been covered by any feature film before.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,250 ✭✭✭ delbertgrady


    It was much better than I thought it would be, and at almost the halfway point of the festival, is still - remarkably - holding its own as one of the better films of the eight I've seen so far. A little more of a cash injection would have allowed them do more with it, but they did remarkably well with the production design. As I remarked in the ADIFF thread, the visuals of the exposed, barren countryside reminded me a lot of Polanski's Macbeth.


  • Registered Users Posts: 616 ✭✭✭ aidanodr


    "Black 47" famine film is a must-see so we can end the Great Hunger amnesia


    This important movie goes a little way towards increasing the understanding of what Ireland's desperate famine times were like.
    The new Irish-made film Black 47 directed by Lance Daly got a very positive reception when it opened at the Berlin Film Festival.

    Jessica Kiang in Variety wrote that Daly has delivered “a resonant, beautifully performed Irish Western that benefits from the exotic sound of Irish Gaelic spoken as a living language.”

    The film played the Dublin Film Festival last week and as you might expect got a great reception.

    It is a very important film that goes a little way towards increasing the understanding of what those desperate famine times were really like.

    Asked some Qs about the Famine and the "amnesia" about it over at the history forum, thought more suited. Chime in if interested:

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=106369612#post106369612


  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ Catcher7791


    The IFI are doing a screening followed by a Q&A with the director on March 21st:

    http://ifi.ie/black47/


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 838 Oaklynn Stale Gunboat


    Anyone have any idea when this is being released in Ireland?
    No sign of it anywhere yet.
    IMDb is saying it had a release date of the 21st of February.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ Sarxos


    Anyone have any idea when this is being released in Ireland?
    No sign of it anywhere yet.
    IMDb is saying it had a release date of the 21st of February.

    It will be late this year. Wildcard Distribution have it for release but want to hit a few more festivals first. The February 21st date was the premiere at ADIFF.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,405 ✭✭✭ PirateShampoo


    New trailer released



  • Registered Users Posts: 75,379 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    Sarxos wrote: »
    It will be late this year. Wildcard Distribution have it for release but want to hit a few more festivals first. The February 21st date was the premiere at ADIFF.

    Any date yet?


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,237 ✭✭✭✭ Arghus


    It's playing in my local cinema from this midweek onwards, so I imagine it's general across the country.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,987 ✭✭✭ Technocentral


    Seen it at ADIFF, it's a mess, terrible Direction, main character is a plank, 1.5/5.


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  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,493 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    I liked it a lot, but it had issues. Some of the digital work was patchy.
    I heard the director interviewed last week and he said that there were about 250 digitally enhanced scenes in there.

    I didn't like some of the score either. Some of the action scenes had a very 70s percussive jazz score (like random drum beats and sounds) which didn't fit for me.
    Some of the soundtrack/score was beautiful though - some great singing and uilleann pipes).

    The story was good and so was most of the acting, particularly Weaving and Rea.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,987 ✭✭✭ Technocentral


    Mr E wrote: »
    I liked it a lot, but it had issues. Some of the digital work was patchy.
    I heard the director interviewed last week and he said that there were about 250 digitally enhanced scenes in there.

    I didn't like some of the score either. Some of the action scenes had a very 70s percussive jazz score (like random drum beats and sounds) which didn't fit for me.
    Some of the soundtrack/score was beautiful though - some great singing and uilleann pipes).

    The story was good and so was most of the acting, particularly Weaving and Rea.

    Main problem was the director had no vision or passion for the film, was an amateur affair, I went with 3 friends all film buffs and they thought it was woeful too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,910 ✭✭✭ Gwynplaine


    Saw it tonight. I liked it it. Some CGI bits were done on a commodore 64. There's a part where yer man is going along on a horse and it looks like he's walking through a painting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,318 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    How come all the rave reviews so?


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 30,747 CMod ✭✭✭✭ ancapailldorcha


    Excellent. Nowhere in London seems to be showing it.

    Show me a god that does not demand mortal suffering. Show me a god that celebrates diversity, a celebration that embraces even non-believers, and is not threatened by them. Show me a god that understands the meaning of peace. In life, not in death.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ D3V!L


    Excellent. Nowhere in London seems to be showing it.

    Strange that !! :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,987 ✭✭✭ Technocentral


    NIMAN wrote: »
    How come all the rave reviews so?

    Went with 3 of my friends, we are all big cinema fans with varying tastes and we all found it a mess. Wheres the rave reviews?


  • Registered Users Posts: 457 ✭✭ Smegging hell


    Went with 3 of my friends, we are all big cinema fans with varying tastes and we all found it a mess. Wheres the rave reviews?

    It has a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit based on only six reviews.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭ harr


    Seen this morning, enjoyed it but could have been better. I think they needed a stronger main character he definitely seemed a bit wooden. The acting in parts was bad and seemed amateurish , I don’t know maybe with a different director it would have been better. CGI bad in parts and didn’t use the natural scenery enough.
    Enjoyable but could have been better, probably 6 out of 10 ..


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,987 ✭✭✭ Technocentral


    Went with 3 of my friends, we are all big cinema fans with varying tastes and we all found it a mess. Wheres the rave reviews?

    It has a 50% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, albeit based on only six reviews.

    Nuff said.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,212 ✭✭✭ cbyrd


    Mr E wrote:
    I didn't like some of the score either. Some of the action scenes had a very 70s percussive jazz score (like random drum beats and sounds) which didn't fit for me. Some of the soundtrack/score was beautiful though - some great singing and uilleann pipes).


    My brother did the music.. :)


  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 54,493 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mr E


    Whoops. :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,438 ✭✭✭ 17-pdr




  • Registered Users Posts: 29,318 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN


    Went with 3 of my friends, we are all big cinema fans with varying tastes and we all found it a mess. Wheres the rave reviews?

    On the trailer links.

    Although I have always suspected reviewers have been getting paid off to say good things about films for years, and not just Irish ones.

    I have seen too many average films that get good reviews in the media to think otherwise.

    Then again, films are like music, very subjective.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,336 ✭✭✭ fatknacker


    Connemara Rambo. Some decent actors in it so was watchable. CGI was a bit ropey, I agree.
    Entertaining, nonetheless. And good to see a film about Ireland that's not an all American cast with dodgy accents.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 498 ✭✭ zapitastas


    Was a middle of the road film. I had been looking forward to this after seeing An Ranger. The short had a great premise, the setting was terrific, the actors were ideally suited to the roles and the dialogue as gaeilge set the atmosphere.

    This film looked good in parts, particularly those as gaeilge added an authenticity to it. But the GCI in other parts looked terrible, should have been a bit more imaginative and left those parts out. The remnants of the barracks were shockingly bad. How anyone could think that scene in the doorway was passable is beyond me. Surely they could have come up with an alternative way to shoot the scene. Think it would have been better going full on bloody revenge rather than a PG effort. Didn't really care to much about the protagonist and therefore his revenge mission didn't really matter too much. After the short I was invested in the character and wanted to see him go and wreak havoc on all who wronged him and his family.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,826 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk


    I just left a screening in the lighthouse, bumped into Stephen rea and Hugo weaving while leaving.... Before the q and a awkward.. Jesus Hugo weaving is very dashing.

    The film was alright the cgi in parts was flipping awful like a painting... It was distracting.
    The acting in general was excellent Hugo weaving and the main guy especially, I have to say Barry Keoghan was bloody awful, he did about 3 accents all of them poor.
    The action scenes were fairly well done.
    5/10


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 991 ✭✭✭ The Crowman


    gmisk wrote: »
    I just left a screening in the lighthouse, bumped into Stephen rea and Hugo weaving while leaving.... Before the q and a awkward.. Jesus Hugo weaving is very dashing.

    The film was alright the cgi in parts was flipping awful like a painting... It was distracting.
    The acting in general was excellent Hugo weaving and the main guy especially, I have to say Barry Keoghan was bloody awful, he did about 3 accents all of them poor.
    The action scenes were fairly well done.
    5/10

    Is his character supposed to be Irish? In the brief bit in the trailer where he speaks he sounds like he's doing a Liverpool accent :confused:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 498 ✭✭ zapitastas


    Is his character supposed to be Irish? In the brief bit in the trailer where he speaks he sounds like he's doing a Liverpool accent :confused:

    Yeah he was supposed to be from Liverpool.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 482 ✭✭ badtoro


    Saw it tonight and thought it was very good. Particularly liked characters Coneelly and Hannah.


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