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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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Enda Walsh (written by) and
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Release Date:
2 October 2008 (Greece) See more »
A compelling and unforgettable portrayal of life within the maze prison at the time of 1981 IRA hunger strike. See more »
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (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 
Alander 'Big Aj' Pulliam 
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
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)
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)
Tom Collins .... thanks

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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First theatrical film directed by Steve McQueen.See more »
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 »
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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77 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Finding beauty in the horror., 28 September 2008
Author: come2whereimfrom from United Kingdom

This debut from former artist turned director Steve McQueen will leave you breathless. In its own understated way it is epic, bold, brutal and beautiful. Telling the story of the last six weeks in the life of Bobby Sands the Irish republican hunger striker the film pulls no punches in showing life inside the maze prison and what the prisoners did to try and win political status. From the outset the shots are amazing with McQueen utilising his artistic eye to bring the best out of the very cold prison environment, his attention to detail is simply stunning making every single frame fantastically watchable despite the sometimes gruesome subject matter. Also his approach of less is more adds to the atmosphere as he has shots that have no sounds or music, like the guard cleaning the corridor with its fixed camera unflinching for several minutes the only sound the eerie echoing scrubbing. Unofficially split into three the first part deals with the incarceration and subsequent no wash protests while the last deals with the hunger strikes but it's the central piece that separates which most will remember for its ability to captivate despite just being a conversation between Sands and a visiting priest. Again shot from a fixed angle and superbly lit Sands (Fassbender) explains the morality behind his decision to stop eating. The acting and the monologue will stay with you long after the films finished and cements actor Fassbender firmly in the role to the point where you start to feel for him as he begins to waste away. When the film premiered at Cannes it caused walkouts and standing ovations before walking away with the Camera d'Or for best debut and rightly so, not only is it one of the best films of the year it is one of the most powerful I've seen. Regardless of where you stand politically the message is universal and just like the circle of faeces smeared on Sands cell wall, McQueen has crafted something beautiful out of something horrible.

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