Western (2019)

Directed by Ivan Kavanagh

John Cusack, Emile Hirsch, Déborah François, Sam Louwyck, Danny Webb, Blake Berris,

An undertaker profits when outlaws take over an American frontier town on the California Trail, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises.

Set in the harsh American frontier landscape of 1849 the film is about greed and its consequences. It is a Faustian tale of outsider Patrick Tate who lives with his young family on the outskirts of a relatively peaceful frontier town until outlaws take over and kill all those who challenge them. Patrick plays a dangerous game befriending and profiting from the outlaws mayhem and it is only a matter of time before he must protect his own from the bloodshed.

Completion : 2018
Status : Complete - US release 15/03/2019

Production Info

Genre :Western
Tagline :Greed Digs the Deepest Graves
Format :HD
Runtime :100 mins
Languages :English
Completion :2018
Release :2019
Status :Complete - US release 15/03/2019


Director :Ivan Kavanagh
Producers :Jacqueline Kerrin, Dominic Wright, Nicholas Steil, Jean-Michel Rey
Script Writer :Ivan Kavanagh
Crew :Director of Photography Piers McGrail, Production Designer John Leslie, Costume Designer Jackye Fauconnier, Editor Bernard Beets



Garlow - a frontier town on the Californian trail during the 1849 Gold Rush. Modest Irishman PATRICK TATE is trying to build a life with his wife AUDREY and their two children. A skilled carpenter and the town's undertaker, Patrick wants to be an honest self-made man with a family that wants for nothing.

Despite being branded an outsider and not fully accepted by the community, overseen by domineering PREACHER PIKE, Patrick believes the quiet town is a good place for his growing family. He is dedicated to his work, but makes little money and he and Audrey survive by farming their small parcel of land. The wagons passing west on their way to the Gold Rush settlements over the Rockies tempt Patrick to take his family and join them but Audrey, who is pregnant, protests.

One night notorious outlaw DUTCH ALBERT and his gang arrive on a man hunt. Seeing an opportunity, Dutch reopens the town’s saloon. Neither Preacher Pike or the elderly SHERIFF are able to stop Dutch quickly taking over the small town. Dutch's whores, gambling, whiskey and guns soon bring conflict and killings, and Patrick’s undertaking business prospers.

As Patrick's business booms, Dutch starts to treat him as an ally. Many in the community are disgusted by Patrick’s apparent complicity, and Audrey utterly rejects the family’s newfound prosperity as the proceeds of evil. She threatens to take their children and leave.

Patrick justifies his actions to Audrey and himself. He’s just doing his job to provide for the family. As long as the violence remains amongst the saloon patrons why shouldn't his family prosper. But Patrick is living in a dangerous time, in a dangerous place, where loyalties can spin like the barrel of a gun.


Cast: John Cusack
Emile Hirsch
Déborah François
Sam Louwyck
Danny Webb
Blake Berris
Shooting Locations:Luxembourg, Ireland



2020 Irish Film & Television Awards


  • Winner IFTA Best Cinematography for Piers McGrail, Irish Film & Television Awards 2020
  • Winner IFTA Best Production Design for John Leslie, Irish Film & Television Awards 2020

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