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10th Anniversary Screening. The feature debut of Steve McQueen and launched the film career of Michael Fassbender. Hunger is an intense portrait of the last days of Bobby Sands, who died after 66 days of a hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to bestow political status on Republican prisoners.
It gives a fair portrayal of the British officers, who are shown dealing with daily threats to their lives and the trauma of their situation.
Won awards at Cannes, Venice and a BAFTA. Voted the Best Film of 2008 by Sight & Sound Magazine.
'The near-wordless depiction of the strike and resulting violence and repression in Long Kesh prison is powerful, while a long and brilliantly acted dialogue sequence between Sands (Michael Fassbender) and a priest (Liam Cunningham) is utterly electrifying…It is one of the greatest debuts in the history of British cinema.' Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian