PODCAST| Nicolò Comotti interviews Barry Keoghan, Hugo Weaving and Lance Daly, actors and director of the film Black 47.
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Director Lance Daly, along with Barry Keoghan and Hugo Weaving, talks to us about their ground-breaking work together, Black 47. Tackling the an Gorta Mor (‘great famine’ in Irish) through a Western film structure definitely posed a few challenges: here at Berlinale, we hear the impact that this film had on his creator and the cast involved. Black 47 is in the 68th Berlinale’s official competition.
Black 47: Ireland, 1847. After fighting for the British crown in the war in Afghanistan, Martin Feeney returns to his Irish homeland as a deserter. He finds his country in dire straits. Potato blight has destroyed the crops and over a million people have perished in the resulting famine. Martin’s family has also been affected: his mother is among the victims and his brother has been sentenced to death by the British occupying forces. Martin’s plan to emigrate to the USA with his sister-in-law and her children fails, and witnessing his last remaining relatives wasting away almost robs him of the will to live. In desperation, he begins a bloody vendetta across the social and political hierarchy of Ireland. To stop this wrathful avenger, the British hire Hannah who fought with Martin in Afghanistan. Lance Daly draws on motifs from the western for his drama about a dark chapter of British colonialism in neighbouring Ireland that has rarely been told on the big screen. The gritty realism of the film’s photography conveys the misery of a suffering people and describes individuals cast adrift in austere landscapes.
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