Black ‘47 is a pure pulp delight.
A (literal) western set against the backdrop of the Irish Famine, Black ‘47 is a striking and evocative piece of work, masterfully directed by Lance Daly.
Of particular note is the skill with which the film appropriates the language of genre in developing its world.
Writers P.J. Dillon, Lance Daly, Eugene O’Brien and Pierce Ryan cleverly play with the tropes and conventions of the western in order to codify a horror almost beyond comprehension; colonialism, vengeance, redemption, stoicism, violence.
Cinematographer Declan Quinn substitutes the deep golds associated with westerns for a deathly grey palour, the landscape occasionally seeming like something from an apocalyptic western. The rich reds associated with the western genre are…