Although the violence and hopelessness inherent to the subject matter of The Hanging Gale (1995) make for difficult viewing, it’s worth watching if only to see Michael Kitchen’s nuanced performance as British land agent, Captain William Townsend, trying to do his job during the Irish potato famine. Dressed in the mid-19th century period attire of Capt. Townsend, MK is definitely easy on the eyes – a welcome respite in an otherwise grindingly depressing film.

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