Saturday 20 October 2018

'Gaunt and thin' extras wanted for Black 47 famine film

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

Sean O'Grady

Budding actors looking for their chance to shine will be happy to hear extras are wanted for upcoming Famine drama Black 47 - but they must be "gaunt and thin".

Casting bosses have put a very specific call-out, requesting "Irish men, women and children with gaunt faces and thin bodies to play specific background roles" for the film.

Black 47 is set in 1847, the worst year of the Irish famine. Filming is already underway in Luxembourg and the production is set to move to Ireland in January, with filming taking place in Dublin, Wicklow and Connemara.

The film features Moe Dunford (inset) of Vikings fame and Hugo Weaving, who has starred in The Matrix and The Hobbit.

Extras co-ordinator Liz Quinn is hoping to find as many people as possible for the period drama.

"It's an ongoing search. It's such a specific look but as many people as we can find would be great. It's set at the height of the famine so the scenes that we are going to be shooting would be crowd scenes with very thin people affected by the famine. They would be dressed in rags," she told the Herald.

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