Magazine article Variety

Lance Daly: 'We Also Had the Great Responsibility of Doing Justice to a Very Real Tragedy'

Magazine article Variety

Lance Daly: 'We Also Had the Great Responsibility of Doing Justice to a Very Real Tragedy'

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What inspired you to tell this story?

The Great Famine of 1845-1852 was the single most important event in Irish history. It had a catastrophic effect on the country's population, and considering the amazing generation of Irish filmmakers that came before me, I was stunned that this period had never before been dramatized in cinema. After making the film, I can understand why ...

Who are some of your influences?

I'm inspired by Leone, Kurosawa and Peckinpah, and we screened and debated "The Duellists,""The New World," "Aguirre Wrath of God," "The Last of the Mohicans" and "The Revenant."

What were your biggest challenges?

Aside from the near impossibility of portraying the unimaginable horror of An Gorta Mór (The Great Hunger) with an apocalyptic landscape of convincingly emaciated humans, filming "Black 47" was a challenge in almost every other regard. We re-created 19th century costumes and props from a period without photographic or recorded documents, and found locations which represent a world that no longer exists. …

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