Hunger, Sept 13th

Posted On August 3, 2010

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Hunger is a 2008 film about the 1981 Irish hunger strike. It is
written by Enda Walsh and Steve McQueen, who also directed. It was
made by Blast! Films and commissioned by Channel 4 and Film4. It
premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious
Caméra d’Or award for first-time filmmakers. It went on to win the
Sydney Film Prize, best picture by the Evening Standard British Film
Awards, and received 2 BAFTA nominations, winning one. The film was
also nominated for 8 awards at the 2009 IFTA’s winning 6 at the event.
So it should be good!
Hunger was turned down by the Irish Film Board but has gone on to be
one of the most successful Irish films. The film stars Michael
Fassbender as Bobby Sands, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA)
volunteer who led the 1981 Irish hunger strike and participated in the
no wash protest (led by Brendan “The Dark” Hughes) in which Republican
prisoners tried to regain political status. It dramatises events in
the Maze prison in the period leading up to the hunger strike and
Sands’ death.