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Hunger -- The last six weeks of the life of the Irish republican hunger striker Bobby Sands.
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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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42 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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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 .... hair stylist
Alison Rainey .... 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
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
Davie Mayes .... electrician
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 McCarren .... additional floor runner (as Leona McCarron)
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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
First theatrical film directed by Steve McQueen.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:
Father Dominic Moran:So what happened to your eye, Bobby?
Bobby Sands:What?
Father Dominic Moran:Did you get a dig for yourself? Your eye.
Bobby Sands:Difference of opinion.
Father Dominic Moran:Mmm. How's the other fella?
Bobby Sands:Oh, a lot worse. Believe me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "At the Movies: Episode #9.1" (2012)See more »
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The brutal life in the Maze Prison, 6 March 2010
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom

Before Steve McQueen came along, artists turned directors trended to be awful at the job like Tracy Emin (but she has always been an awful artist). But since Steve McQueen there is hope that artists can be good storytellers, with Sam Taylor-Wood also gaining critical success with Nowhere Boy. Here Steve McQueen shows his skill with a brutal tale about the Maze Prison and the political protests IRA prisoners undertook.

In the early 1980s terrorist prisoners in Northern Ireland had their rights as political prisoners removed and IRA prisoners protest by refusing to wear prison uniforms, thereby ending up being nude, and smearing their own feces. Prison guards have to use violence even to clean prisoners and clean their cells. One prisoner, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) who suffers from the violence goes on a hunger strike to force the British government to give in to his demands. He would go on it by himself and was willing to die for his cause. To ensure that this wasn't a pointless sacrifice other IRA men would take his place other he died. As the strike continues Sands' health quickly deteriorates, with the British government standing strong against him.

McQueen shows his skills very quickly, showing the brutal nature of live and showing the dirty live of the prison cells. It is grim but effective and you get the feel of what that live was like. He also shows his ambition, with lots of wide, continuous shots throughout, the main one being when Sands speaks with a priest (Liam Cunningham) about the morality of going on hunger strike. This almost felt like a stage play. McQueen also shows his artist flair with some of the shots, but most of the time keeps the film grounded to real life.

Surprisingly McQueen shows a more balanced picture, showing a prison officer Lohan (Stuart Graham) is a human being, having to protect himself from IRA attacks, and having his wife worry for his life. But McQueen could have shown more, like terrorist attacks conducted by the IRA or British reprisals against them. I am personally a big critic of the IRA, seeing them as no more then terrorist targeting innocent civilians and now really just a criminal organisation. But despite my prejudices I was still gripped by the film, it was not Anglophobic or pro-Nationalist. An interesting parallel with today is with American treatment of Al-Qaida prisoners, where the Republicans and the Right in America want to strip them of their rights, torture them and lock them up indefinitely, whilst the Democrats want to treat them as what there really are, criminals and should have criminal trials. When it comes to fighting terrorism we need to show that we are better then sinking to their level. The film skips over the fact that Bobby Sands won an election to be an MP whilst on hunger strike.

The acting is excellent, particularly from Michael Fassbender who is quickly emerging as a massive hot prospect. He is my second choice to replace Daniel Craig, just after Matthew MacFadyen. Liam Cunningham and Stuart Graham are also worthy of note.

This is a very good film, and an excellent debut by Steve McQueen.

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