Thursday, May 30, 2019

"Black '47" - Ireland's Darkest Hour

The Irish period drama feature "Black '47", now available on Blu-ray, is directed by Lance Daly, starring Hugo Weaving ("Captain America: The First Avenger"), James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, and Sarah Greene:

"...'Hannah' (Weaving) a veteran of the 'British Army' is working as an investigator for the 'Royal Irish Constabulary'. While interrogating a member of the 'Young Irelander' movement, Hannah loses his temper over the prisoner's refusal to name names and kills him.

"Martin Feeney' (Frecheville) is a former 'Connaught Ranger', who is returning to Connemara, in the west of Ireland, in 1847. On his arrival home, the country is experiencing the worst year of the 'Great Famine'. Feeney finds his mother has died of starvation and his brother has been hanged, having stabbed a bailiff during his family's eviction. 

"Feeney stays with his brother's widow (Greene), who is squatting in one of the few houses still standing with her three children, and makes plans to emigrate to America and take his brother's family with him. Before they can leave, agents of the local 'Anglo-Irish' landlord and members of the 'RIC' arrive to remove them from the squat. 

"During the eviction, the house is destroyed, Feeney is arrested and his nephew is killed. Feeney is brought for interrogation by the RIC but manages to kill his captors and destroy their barracks..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Black '47"...