Lance Daly

Lance Daly is an Irish film director, screenwriter and producer.[1][2][3]

Lance Daly
Occupationfilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active2001–present
Notable work
Kisses, Black '47


Daly was born and raised in Dublin.[4] He acted occasionally in his youth, including a role as a harmonica-playing extra in The Commitments (1991). He studied communications studies at Dublin City University.[5]

Daly won an IFTA for his first major film, Kisses. According to Paul Whitington (Irish Independent), "Daly was one of a new generation of filmmakers who emerged in the mid-2000s determined to move beyond the stodgy, word-heavy traditions of Irish cinema. In films like Kisses (2008), he used visual lyricism and cinematic storytelling to great effect."[6][7]

In 2013, together with Kirsten Sheridan and John Carney, he established The Factory, a multi-purpose space focusing on film production, in Dublin's docklands.[8]

Black '47, a 2018 revenge film set during Ireland's Great Famine, was a commercial and critical success.[9][10]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 Last Days in Dublin Yes Yes Yes Directorial debut
2004 The Halo Effect Yes Yes No
2008 Kisses Yes Yes Yes Won IFTA for Best Director
2009 The Pagan Queen No Yes No Czech historical drama
2011 The Good Doctor Yes No No
2013 Life's a Breeze Yes Yes Yes
2018 Black '47 Yes Yes No


  1. ^ "Lance Daly". SDGI Updated.
  2. ^ Hill, John (May 7, 2019). A Companion to British and Irish Cinema. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118482834 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Gillespie, Michael Patrick (January 19, 2009). The Myth of an Irish Cinema: Approaching Irish-Themed Films. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 9780815631934 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Lance Daly: "I loved the idea of painting the Irish as the Indians" - The Irish World".
  5. ^ "I had to be a total b****cks to make the picture work". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "'We got into week two and I was like, oh my God, what have I done?' - Lance Daly on directing Black 47 set during Famine". independent.
  7. ^ Conolly, Jez; Whelan, Caroline (March 9, 2011). World Film Locations: Dublin. Intellect Books. ISBN 9781841505503 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "TUTORS".
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (September 26, 2018). "Black 47 review – brutal revenge amid the horror of the Irish famine" – via
  10. ^ "BLACK 47 PODCAST - LANCE DALY". September 13, 2018.

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