Oldenburg Winner, ‘The Black Guelph’, Gets US Release

2 min readMar 30, 2024

The Oldenburg winner, The Black Guelph, is getting its US Release for an American audience. The Irish crime thriller premiered at the 2022 Oldenburg Film Festival and won Best Film and Best Actor for Graham Earley.

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Setting a Background

The Black Guelph is being presented as the first film directed by a member of Ireland’s Traveller community, which is also recognized as Minceir. The film gives the audience insights into how marginalized groups face discrimination and disadvantage in Western Europe.

Distribution Right & Release Date

Slated.com, an online film platform, has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Ireland, for The Black Guelph and has partnered with Entertainment Squad to release the film for a US audience. The dark Irish crime thriller will be available on March 22nd, 2024, with a limited theatrical release, and the digital and VOD rollout will begin on June 25th, 2024.

Look At the Story

The story revolves around Kanto, a lead role played by award-winning actor Graham Earley, a small-time drug dealer from Dublin’s Travellers community. Desperate to turn back his life and reconnect with his young daughter’s mother, Kanto’s life turns after the arrival of his father, Cormac (Paul Roe). Cormac is shown as a survivor of Ireland’s industrial school, a system run by Catholic institutions that often tore Travellers children from their families. John Connors has a small role as a corrupt undercover cop.

Historical Background

The film’s title shares its reference to 14th-century Italy when The White Guelphs and the Black Guelphs fought for the hearts and minds of Florence. The Black Guelphs supported the influence of the Papacy on the cost of the economy and society. Connors reunited these groups with those in Ireland who had supported the Catholic Church rather than the Travelers when sexual abuse began in the industrial school system.

Personal Experience

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Connors talked about his own struggle with depression and despair that he faced when making the film. He thanked the project and acknowledged its profound impact on his life, sharing how working on “The Black Guelph” “saved my life.

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