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Black '47 (15)

Thriller, Drama, Action

Set during the Irish Potato Famine, in which a soldier returns to Ireland and sets about taking vengeance for his people's suffering.


The critical consensus

Lance Daly's powerful Irish western is an artful and affecting history lesson set against the Great Famine.

****(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 24/09/2018

Cold and relentlessly brutal, but there’s no emotional payoff.

**(*)(*)(*)Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 26/09/2018

An Irishman deserts from the British army to wreak vengeance on a hated absentee landlord in a shocking but insightful drama.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/09/2018

A contradictory affair, 'Black '47' offers escapist entertainment even as it touches on the very grimmest of subject matter.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 26/09/2018

Black 47 lacks the seriousness and rigour of other displaced Westerns like The Proposition and Sweet Country. But Lance Daly’s film is gripping enough to suggest Ireland’s tragic backstory is a frontier full of resonant riches.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 24/09/2018

Borrowing from lots of revisionist westerns, Lance Daly’s film isn’t subtle, but as a genre film it has a certain pulpy intensity that keeps it rattling along.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 27/09/2018

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Monday October 22, 2018, until Thursday October 25, 2018. More info: www.filmhousecinema.com

Cameo, Edinburgh from Friday October 5, 2018, until Monday October 8, 2018. More info: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday October 12, 2018, until Thursday October 18, 2018. More info: www.dca.org.uk

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