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Dan Carrier’s movie news: Black 47 and the Irish Film Festival; London Film Festival

21 September, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Black 47 screens on Wednesday September 26

BLACK 47 is the story of an Irish Ranger who has been fighting abroad for the British Army – and when he returns home discovers the brutalities he has witnessed scarcely prepares him for what his family has endured during the Great Famine. Its premiere is at the Covent Garden Odeon (7pm) on Wednesday as part of the London Irish Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend and has a packed programme. Set in 1847, Feeney (James Frecheville) finds his homeland torn apart by both the famine and the brutality of English rule.

Stricken by grief and shell-shocked through his own battlefield experiences, he sets out to avenge his family and community… Director Lance Daly will be on hand to answer questions, with leads James Frecheville and Moe Dunford.

Other highlights include an evening with Philomena Lee, the inspiration behind the 2013 Stephen Frears film Philomena, which was nominated for four Oscars and starred Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.It takes place on Friday, September 28 at 1pm at Southampton Row, Holborn. Based on the work of journalist Martin Sixsmith, it tells the heart-breaking story of a woman searching for her son – who was taken away from her decades previously by a vicious regime in a Catholic covent.

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• MEANWHILE, over at the London Film Festival, taking place in October, check out the London Calling shorts section. Films include Jerk, about an ageing Jamaican man battling depression, a female rapper from Bermondsey in Fly, and Alien Culture, about life in Southall circa 1979.

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