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Hunger -- An epic and vividly evocative exploration of humanity pushed to the limits during the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland.
Hunger -- The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.
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Writers:
Enda Walsh (written by) and
Steve McQueen (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 2008 (Greece) See more »
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Tagline:
A compelling and unforgettable portrayal of life within the maze prison at the time of 1981 IRA hunger strike. See more »
Plot:
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
46 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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Visually striking and inventive film that is emotionally engaging and well worth seeking out See more (135 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Steve McQueen 
 
Writing credits
Enda Walsh (written by) and
Steve McQueen (written by)

Produced by
Iain Canning .... executive producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Edmund Coulthard .... executive producer
Robin Gutch .... producer
Laura Hastings-Smith .... producer
Linda James .... executive producer
Andrew Litvin .... line producer
Jan Younghusband .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Abrahams 
David Holmes 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Walker 
 
Casting by
Gary Davy 
 
Production Design by
Tom McCullagh 
 
Art Direction by
Brendan Rankin 
 
Costume Design by
Anushia Nieradzik 
 
Makeup Department
Jacqueline Fowler .... chief hair designer
Jacqueline Fowler .... chief makeup designer
Cheryl Hill .... hair stylist
Cheryl Hill .... makeup artist
Judith Laverty .... hair stylist
Judith Laverty .... makeup artist
Maria Moore .... hair stylist
Maria Moore .... makeup artist
Alison Rainey .... key hair stylist
Alison Rainey .... key makeup artist
Robyn Wheeler .... hair stylist (as Robin Wheeler)
Robyn Wheeler .... makeup artist (as Robin Wheeler)
Sian Wilson .... hair stylist
Sian Wilson .... makeup artist
Stuart Conran .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
Dan Frye .... prosthetics technician (uncredited)
Vesna Giordano .... silicone prosthetics technician (uncredited)
Lisa Hill .... makeup daily (uncredited)
Paul Hyett .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alistair Hopkins .... post-production supervisor
Cathy Mooney .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michele Burn .... assistant director runner
Mark Fenn .... first assistant director
Matthew Hanson .... second assistant director (as Matt Hanson)
Adam Philpott .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Antony Buonomo .... graphic artist
Diarmid Carr .... dressing props
David Carson .... dressing props
Paul Cooke .... plasterer
Cole Doherty .... construction manager
Hugh Gault .... carpenter
Neville Gaynor .... scenic artist
Heather Greenlees .... assistant art director
Paul Hedges .... props
Tommy Hilland .... painter
Colin Holmes .... dressing props
Rebecca Luckley .... art department runner
Daniel Lyons .... standby painter (as Danny Lyons)
Frank Matthews .... plasterer
Anto McCabe .... plasterer
Thomas McCann .... plasterer
Stuart McConnaughie .... carpenter
Dan McCoy .... painter
Pat McKane .... standby props
Kieron Mcnamara .... standby props
Alan Nixon .... standby carpenter
Jim Reid .... construction manager
Patsy Smith .... plasterer
Sarah Speers .... props buyer
Steve Wheeler .... property master
Neil McNally .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Daniel Crowley .... sound maintenance engineer (as Danny Crowley)
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Ronan Hill .... sound mixer
Michael McKnight .... sound trainee
Mervyn Moore .... sound mixer
Laurence O'Keefe .... sound maintenance engineer
Adam Ridge .... sound maintenance engineer
Peter Shaw .... assistant sound editor
Chu-Li Shewring .... additional sound effects editor (as ChuLi Shewring)
Chris Treble .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Antonia Bates .... additional adr editor (uncredited)
Rachel Carberry .... assistant adr recordist (uncredited)
Tom Deane .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Steve Haynes .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Scott Peters .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James Ballard .... production executive: Dragon DI
Valentina Catena .... digital grading assistant: Dragon DI
Michele De Benedetti .... film scanning and clean-up: Dragon DI
Myfanwy Harris .... visual effects artist: Dragon DI
Paul J. Wright .... film scanning and recording manager: Dragon DI
Bob Smoke .... visual effects supervisor: Bob Smoke Special Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Bennett .... stunt artist
Jamie Edgell .... stunt artist
Paul Herbert .... stunt coordinator
Mark Mottram .... stunt artist
James O'Donnell .... stunt artist (as James O'Dee)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Natasha Back .... second assistant camera
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer
Louise Ben-Nathan .... camera loader (as Louise Ben Nathan)
Steve Casey .... generator operator
Rob Collins .... electrician
Ian Glenister .... rigging gaffer
Conor Hammond .... focus puller
Steffan Hill .... still photographer
Gary Hutchinson .... standby rigger
Jill Jennings .... still photographer
Davey Mayes .... electrician (as Davie Mayes)
Stephen McBroom .... camera trainee
Paul Molloy .... electrician
Stephen Murphy .... steadicam operator
Steve Pugh .... key grip
Suzanne Sanders .... electrician
Hugo Wilkinson .... rigger
Ruth Woodside .... camera trainee: second unit
Rob Gilmour .... clapper loader dailies (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Clare Ewing .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Allen .... assistant costume designer
Carla Barrow .... costume assistant
Diane Campbell .... wardrobe assistant
Anna McCaughtry .... costume standby
Heather Long .... daily costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Geoffrey R. Case .... colorist
Phil Eldridge .... assistant editor
Julie Harding .... digital intermediate producer (as Julie Pucher)
Myfanwy Harris .... digital intermediate operator
Claire O'Neill .... assistant editor
Tony Ray .... digital intermediate executive
Sara Janasz .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugo Nicolson .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Johnny Crawford .... unit driver
Sharron McBride .... driver
Dermott McKee .... driver: minibus (as Dermot McKee)
Roy McManus .... driver: minibus
Karl Moor Lewy .... driver: action vehicle
Davey Wilson .... driver: cherry picker
Ryan Marshall .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nigel Abbas .... legal advisor
Reno Antoniades .... production lawyer: Lee & Thompson
Ursula Arens .... dietician: Michael Fassbender
Natalie Bass .... production lawyer: Lee & Thompson
Jemma Beach .... production runner
Claire Bosworth .... head of production: Blast! Films
Diarmaid Breathnach .... director: Broadcasting Commission of Ireland's Sound & Vision Scheme
Antony Buonomo .... title designer
Michele Burn .... production runner
David Cooke .... assistant location manager
Bethan Cousins .... fund manager: Wales Creative IP Fund
Sean Curran .... additional floor runner
Lisa Curry .... clearance
Harry Dixon .... business affairs: Channel 4 and Film4
Helen Dudley .... business affairs: Channel 4 and Film4
Kirstie Edgar .... script supervisor
Mark Edwards .... production accountant
Alistair Ferguson .... health and safety advisor
Tracy Ferguson .... unit nurse
Brian Furey .... commissioning officer: roadcasting Commission of Ireland's Sound & Vision Scheme
Catherine Geary .... location manager
Damien Glenholmes .... location scout
Robert Gyle .... armourer
Faye Hamilton .... researcher: Blast! Films
Neil Haughton .... doctor: Michael Fassbender (as Dr. Neil Haughton)
Lauren Elizabeth Hood .... production assistant (as Lauren Hood)
Pay Hoy .... accounts assistant
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Tracey Josephs .... representative: Channel 4 and Film4 (as Tracey Joseph)
Moyra Lock .... head of marketing: Northern Ireland Screen
Lisa Marsden .... insurance agent: Media Insurance Brokers
Linda Martin .... head of finance: Northern Ireland Screen
Sharron McBride .... runner
Millar McCall Wylie .... legal services: Northern Ireland Screen
Leona McCarron .... additional floor runner
Damian McParland .... legal services: Northern Ireland Screen
Christos Michaels .... legal services: Wales Creative IP Fund, Lee & Thompson
Richard Moore .... insurance agent: Media Insurance Brokers
Stephen Murphy .... legal services: Wales Creative IP Fund, Lee & Thompson
Prash Nak .... legal advisor
Rebecca O'Connor .... representative: Channel 4 and Film4
Stacey Quigley .... production trainee
Anne Quinn .... production coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Andrew Reid .... head of production: Northern Ireland Screen
Sarah Rushbrook .... production assistant: Blast! Films
Pete Scott .... floor runner (as Peter Scott)
Sue Bruce Smith .... commercial development: Channel 4 and Film4
Hilary Stewart .... representative: Channel 4 and Film4
Andrew Sturcke .... production lawyer: Lee & Thompson
Bethan Thomas .... investment executive: Wales Creative IP Fund
Ian Thomson .... publicist
Graham Wheeler .... accounts assistant
Richard Williams .... chief executive: Northern Ireland Screen
Nigel Wood .... production accountant
Susie Wright .... funding programmes coordinator: Northern Ireland Screen
Michael Gibson .... epk assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tom Collins .... thanks
 

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96 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Ireland:15A | Japan:R15+ | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Hunger is known for its unbroken 17 minute 10 second continuous shot, in which Catholic priest Father Dominic Moran tries to talk Bobby Sands out of the Hunger Strike he and his fellow 75 IRA members plan to start. The camera remains in the same position throughout the scene. To prepare, Liam Cunningham moved into Michael Fassbender's apartment, and they rehearsed the scene 12-15 times per day. On the first day of filming, the actors got it perfect after 4 takes.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Raymond Lohan's Ford Granada is a Mk2 Facelift, which was released in winter 1981 and would've appeared on Irish roads in 1982.See more »
Quotes:
Priest:Life must mean nothing to you.
Bobby Sands:God's gonna punish me?
Priest:Well, if not just for suicide, then he'd have to punish you for stupidity.
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Visually striking and inventive film that is emotionally engaging and well worth seeking out, 11 January 2009
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Hunger is a low budget film from a production company more recognisable for its TV work, without any recognisable stars, without a really big distributer to get it around and directed by a Turner Prize winning visual artist making his film debut. Already you would perhaps be considering giving it a miss and maybe this isn't the best time to mention it is a largely dialogue free account of hunger-striker Bobby Sands set entirely in Northern Ireland's infamous Maze prison. This is probably one of the reasons that the film hasn't been as widely seen as it deserves to be or why audiences haven't flocked into screenings of it on a Saturday night. Certainly it is not an easy watch given the subject matter alone but yet it is a compelling and quite brilliant film.

Although the nature of the story leads the viewer to be emotionally invested in one "side" of the situation, McQueen never does anything that opens his film to this suggestion of bias or of scoring political points, if anything his attention to the detail of the tightly focused story does just the opposite. As well as telling us how many hunger strikers died, he point out how many prison guards were murdered during the period and, in my favourite part, introduces us to the prison via one guard soothing his hands (which tells us the frequency of what he does). It is a nice moment but not as telling as the thrill the viewer gets as he checks for bombs and starts his car – we are supposed to be on the edge of our seat and we are, swiftly followed by the realisation that this is an experience we would repeat if we were in his driveway the next day or the next.

From here we move into a nearly dialogue free thirty minute opening where no central character really comes forward and our "focus" is on life in the prison for guards and prisoners – a story that almost starts without there being a "story". The film later brings Bobby Sands to the fore, delivering one impressive dialogue scene before returning to a dialogue-light charting of his hunger strike on the way to the conclusion that we all know is coming. Yet it manages to be really engaging because of the level of each detail in each scene and the relevance of each scene to the overall film. The scene that has gotten all the mentions and praise is the long dialogue scene between Sands and the priest who comes to see him before his strike. Filmed in three distinct shots, the scene is technically impressive but also allows the main dialogue delivery of the film – and the only really moment where anyone is allowed to debate and discuss the actions. Even here McQueen does not allow sides to be taken but keeps it as two men talking. It is engaging, really well written and of course, really well acted.

It is ironic that in this scene the film sits still for ages and allows the frame to remain the same because for the majority of the film McQueen's camera is the star. So many shots are striking that it almost becomes "normal" to be transfixed by an image on the screen. Whether it be a excrement-smeared cell, urine flowing down a hall or a man washing blood from his hands, it looks great and the care taken to construct each image fills the "gap" that the dialogue leaves. The performances are mostly very good and compliment the "few words" approach by bringing a lot when required and wearing their characters convincingly. There are some you may recognise but I didn't. Fassbender is the most memorable as he has the biggest character and the most startling journey, but this should not take away from smaller turns from Graham, Mullen and a few others who are also good. The film is not perfect though. The uninitiated may struggle to understand the bigger picture as you don't get a lot of help with that and those that don't get into the telling initially may be left cold by the approach. However these "weaknesses" are not missed targets or failings but rather the "cons" that have to come with the overwhelming pros of the manner of delivery.

Hunger is not an easy film to watch but it is a great film. It is wonderfully shot with an artist's composure but McQueen is not a "visual style" director who doesn't come with anything else (list your own failed music video director turned film director here) but rather he uses this approach to improve the film and make the telling better. The acting is impressive because of how real they feel and how little dialogue they have across the whole film, but to me the real star was McQueen. He is a visual artist and it shows as he makes the majority of his shots striking and engaging, even if they are not "beautiful". It may get a bit more exposure due to awards chatter but even if it doesn't it is certainly worth checking out.

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