Hunger

Hunger

Directed by Steve McQueen • 2008 • Ireland, United Kingdom

With HUNGER, British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history's most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience. In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, twenty-seven-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government's refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. McQueen dramatizes prison existence and Sands's final days in a way that is purely experiential, even abstract, a succession of images full of both beauty and horror. Featuring an intense performance by Michael Fassbender, HUNGER is an unflinching, transcendent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard.

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Hunger
  • Hunger

    Directed by Steve McQueen • 2008 • Ireland, United Kingdom

    With HUNGER, British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history's most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience. In Northern Ireland's Maze prison in 1981, twenty-sev...

Extras

  • Steve McQueen on HUNGER

    This interview with director Steve McQueen was conducted in 2009.

  • The Making of HUNGER

    This 2010 program includes interviews with HUNGER director Steve McQueen, actors Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, and Brian Milligan, writer Enda Walsh, and producer Robin Gutch.

  • Michael Fassbender on HUNGER

    The following interview with actor Michael Fassbender was conducted by film critic Jason Solomons in 2008.