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Period movie Black 47 films in Ireland

WicklowPeriod movie Black 47, set at the height of Ireland’s Great Famine in 1847, has started a block of filming in Ireland.

The movie is part-financed by the Luxembourg Film Fund and the Irish Film Board, and shot on location in Luxembourg for a few weeks late last year. The country has had a co-production deal with Ireland since 2011.

Black 47 is directed by Lance Daly and follows an Irish soldier who returns home from fighting for the British to find his mother starved to death and his brother unjustly hanged.

In response he pursues a violent revenge. The year 1847 was dubbed ‘Black 47’ as it marked the peak of tragedy for the Irish people during the long years of famine.

In December, the Irish Film Board secured €1.1m of additional funding, bringing the organisation’s overall funding to €15.5m for the year.

“The government is committed to supporting the Irish film sector,” said Heather Humphreys TD, minister for arts, heritage, regional, rural and Gaeltacht affairs, in comments in December. 

“I recently commissioned an economic analysis of the screen-based industries, which should give us a clearer picture of the scale and impact of the Irish audiovisual sector. The film industry also forms an essential pillar of the government’s Creative Ireland programme, which aims to make Ireland a centre of excellence for global media production.”

Earlier in December, the government launched Creative Ireland, a five-year initiative that will focus partly on developing the country as an international production hub.

For more on filming in Ireland see our production guide.


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