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Lance Daly begins Black 47

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- All-star cast includes Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving and Stephen Rea

Lance Daly begins Black 47
James Frecheville in Black 47

Irish filmmaker Lance Daly has commenced an eight-week shoot at Connemara, Kildare and Wicklow locations in Ireland on Black 47 [+see also:
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. Based on a script by PJ Dillon (Rewind [+see also:
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), Pierce Ryan (Standby [+see also:
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), Eugene O’Brien (Eden [+see also:
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) and Daly, the film is set in 1847 when Ireland was in the grip of the Great Famine. A hardened Irish ranger abandons his post with the British army to return home to Ireland to visit his family. He finds his mother starved to death and his brother killed by the English. He sets off on a bloody path of revenge. The only man who can stop him is his old English army mate. 

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Headlining the cast are Jim Broadbent, Oscar and Golden Globe acting honours winner for 2001’s Iris and BAFTA winner for Moulin Rouge! (2001) and recently seen in Brooklyn [+see also:
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and The Lady in the Van [+see also:
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; Hugo Weaving, winner of acting honours at the Australian Film Critics Association Awards for Mystery Road (2013) and The Dressmaker (2015); and Stephen Rea, who shot to prominence the world over for his enigmatic turn in The Crying Game (1992). Rounding off the cast are James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom), Freddie Fox (The Riot Club [+see also:
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), Barry Keoghan (Mammal [+see also:
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) and Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day [+see also:
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).

Daly is one of Ireland’s most acclaimed directors. He debuted in 2001 with Last Days in Dublin and for his next film The Halo Effect (2004) he scored an IFTA script nomination. Kisses [+see also:
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(2008) firmly put Daly on the world map, earning as it did a Locarno Golden Leopard nomination, the audience award at Miami and best director at the IFTAs and Foyle and best film at Galway. His US production The Good Doctor (2011) was nominated for best director at the Milano International Film Festival Awards, while Life’s a Breeze [+see also:
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won plaudits at Newport and Galway.

Kisses producer Macdara Kelleher, co-founder of Fastnet Films with Daly and Morgan Bushe, is producing Black 47 alongside Tim O’Hair (A Hologram for the King [+see also:
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), Arcadiy Golubovich (99 Homes) and Jonathan Loughran (Holidays). Jani Thilges of Samsa Film (Irina Palm [+see also:
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) serves as co-producer. The film is financed by Primemeridian Entertainment (US), the Irish Film Board, the Luxembourg Film Fund, Wildcard Distribution (Ireland), the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TV3 (Ireland), Eurimages, Umedia (Belgium), Samsa Film (Luxembourg) and Fastnet Films (Ireland). Altitude Film Sales is handling international sales while CAA is handling the North America.

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