Fanatic Heart: The Story so far of Black 47 , a feature length documentary chronicling the career of “the house band of New York City.” Film-makers Vic Zimet and Stephanie Silber recorded footage of the band over two decades , and have put together their story , one filled with "passion, poetry, and politics".
According to Black '47 frontman Larry Kirwan , the film is "a brutally honest depiction. Laid bare are the excitement, tedium, musicianship, boozing, triumphs, disasters, drive, and devotion of a band that rarely rehearsed but delivered on stage".
But it was about more than just the music , as the statement "To be Irish is to be political" makes clear . The documentary includes
" ...footage inside Kilmainham Jail and West Belfast, and compelling performances of signature songs like James Connolly, Bobby Sands MP, and The Big Fellah, and you get an inkling of what made Black 47 tick – the core principles of civil rights and human dignity fueled by an unflinching desire to do things our way.