Saturday 24 June 2017

Shooting begins on 'Black 47' - the Irish western set during the Great Famine

Black 47 is based on PJ Dillion and Pierce Ryan's award-winning short An Ranger. Pictured: A scene from An Ranger
Black 47 is based on PJ Dillion and Pierce Ryan's award-winning short An Ranger. Pictured: A scene from An Ranger
Hugo Weaving will star4 in Black 47

Sasha Brady

A movie on the Irish Famine begins shooting today.

The film, titled Black 47, is set in 1947, at the height of the Great Hunger in Ireland.

It features an international cast, including The Matrix and Lord of the Rings star, Hugo Weaving, as well as Vikings actor Moe Dunford.

Shooting is taking place in Wicklow and Connemara from November 28 until December 22 and January 6 until 28.

The movie, directed by Lance Daly (Kisses), secured €500,000 in funding from the Council of Europe's Eurimages' fund and €750,000 from the Irish Film Bord.

It's being billed as a western and is based on PJ Dillion and Pierce Ryan's award-winning short An Ranger.

The project is produced by Ireland's Fastnet Films and Luxembourg-based Samsa Films.

A casting call was sent out last week for "Irish men and women with gaunt faces" to play famine victims.

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