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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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Awards:
44 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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A powerful and relevant look at recent British history See more (126 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 .... 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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Runtime:
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The medical attendant with a mustache who takes care of Bobby Sands in the hospital has 'UDA' tattooed on his left hand. UDA stands for Ulster Defence Association, a loyalist paramilitary organization.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:
Bobby Sands:I always felt that thief next to Jesus got off lightly.
Father Dominic Moran:Ah, but he recognized his sins.
Bobby Sands:Did he though?
Father Dominic Moran:Aye. Said as much.
Bobby Sands:When you're hung from a cross you're gonna say anything. Jesus offers him a seat next to his daddy in a place called paradise you're always gonna put your hand up and have a piece of that.
Father Dominic Moran:Aye. Even when it's nailed to your cross.
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31 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
A powerful and relevant look at recent British history, 25 September 2008
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Steve McQueen, a noted young British artist, has made a powerful first film about the Irish prisoners in H-Block of Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, and the hunger strike and death of Bobby Sands in 1981. The images are searing, both horrible and beautiful (McQueen is aware from Goya that images of war can be both), and much of the film is non-verbal, but the action is broken up by a centerpiece tour-de-force debate between Sands (Michael Fassbender) and Father Dominic Moran (Liam Cunningham) that is as intensely verbal as the rest is wordless. In Irish playwright Enda Walsh's rapid-fire dialogue quips are exchanged, then passionate declarations, in a duel that's like a killer tennis match: watching, we listen, and the camera, hitherto ceaselessly in motion, becomes still. Hunger, with its rich language, intense images, and devastating story, is surely one of the best English-language of the year, and it understandably won the Camera d'Or at Cannes for the best first film. Like the American Julian Schnabel, Steve McQueen is another visual artist who has turned out to be an astonishingly good filmmaker.

Faithful to the physical details of the H-blocks and the treatment of the prisoners, the film is still honed down to essentials and includes a series of sequences so intense it may take viewers a long time to digest them. As the film opens, an officer of the prison, Raymond Lohan (Stuart Graham), follows his normal routine. His knuckles are bloody and painful; later we learn why. His wife brings him sausage, rasher, and eggs.

Davey Gillen (Brian Milligan) a young Irish republican prisoner, tall, gaunt, and Christ-like, is brought into the prison. He refuses to wear the prison uniform, so, joining the Blanket protest, he's put in with fellow "non-conforming" prisoner Gerry Campbell (Liam McMahon) in a cell whose walls are smeared with feces. Those of us who were around when these events happened (Steve McQueen was 12, and remembers the coverage), remember them so well we could have seen these walls. Campbell shows Gillen hot to receive "comms" (communications) from visitors and pass them to their leader Bobby Sands at Sunday mass.

When prisoners agree to wear civilian garments, they're mocked by the "clown clothes" they're handed out and riot, screaming and yelling and tearing up everything in their cells. They also periodically collect their urine and pour it under their cell doors out into the prison hallway where the guards must walk. The result is a brutal punishment by the prison in which the prisoners are taken out to the hallway and beaten naked by a gauntlet of police in riot gear. An eventual repercussion is that Raymond Lohan is shot dead while visiting his catatonic mother in a home.

A poetic flourish of the meeting between Sands and Father Moran is Sands's story of going to the country as a Belfast boy on the cross country team and going down to a woods and a stream where he is the only one who dares to put a dying foal out of its misery by drowning it. The images this tale evoke become the objective correlative of Bobby's last thoughts when he is dying in the prison hospital.

The central issue was being treated as political prisoners. From 1972, paramilitary prisoners had held some of the rights of prisoners of war. This ended in March 1976 and the republican prisoners were sent to the new Maze Prison and its "H-blocks" near Belfast. Special Category Status for prisoners convicted of terrorist crimes was abolished by the English government. Hunger doesn't focus on ideology or public policy, other than to have the voice of Margaret Thatcher, in several orotund declarations, adamantly denying the validity of the republicans' cause or status. The Sands-Moran debate is more about feelings and tactics.

Another powerful contrast comes when Sand goes on the hunger strike and is taken to the clean, quiet setting of the hospital where he is lovingly cared for and visited by a good friend and his parents, who're even allowed to sleep there during his last days. Sands' condition is dramatic, heightened by horrible sores, and a report to his parents of the rapid damage to internal organs and heart that his fast will cause.

It was McQueen's decision to eschew a screenwriter in favor of a playwright for the script, and his choice of his near-contemporary Enda Walsh, an Irishman resident in London, was a wise one. McQueen determined the structure and inspired the paring down. Walsh makes the central verbal scene sing. Its intensity is such that it has no trouble at all competing with the harsh prison scenes. It is brilliant stroke. Great theater you could say, but the film's contribution is to make the whole train of events alive and human at a time when they are acutely relevant to the post 9/11 world of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

Shown at Cannes, Telluride, and Toronto, included in the New York Film Festival 2008.

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