Oldenburg Winner ‘The Black Guelph’ Gets U.S. Release

The Black Guelpha dark Irish crime thriller centering on the Irish Traveler community, has secured a US release.

John Connors’ directorial debut premiered at the 2022 Oldenburg Film Festival, where it won both Best Film and Best Actor for star Graham Earley. It is billed as the first film by an Irish Travelers director to depict the indigenous ethnocultural group, also known as the Minceir, who are among the most disadvantaged and discriminated against in Western Europe.

Online film packaging and financing platform Slated.Com has acquired worldwide rights, outside of Ireland, to The Black Guelph and partnered with Entertainment Squad to release the film. After a limited theatrical release in the United States, which began on Friday March 22, the film will be released digitally and on VOD on June 25.

Earley plays Kanto, a small-time drug dealer in Dublin’s Traveler community, desperate to rebuild his life and reconnect with the mother of his young daughter, who is blindsided by a visit from her father Cormac (Paul Roe), long absent. , a survivor of abuse in the Irish Industrial Schools program, a national system of reform schools primarily run by the Catholic Church that often separated Traveler children from their families. Connors has a small on-screen role as a corrupt undercover cop.

John Connors in “The Black Guelph”


The title of the film refers to 14th century Italy, when two groups: the White Guelfs and the Black Guephs fought to capture the hearts and minds of Florentine society. The Black Guelphs support the influence of the papacy on the economy and society. Connors is…

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