Blast! Films/Channel 4
Director Steve McQueen
Writer Enda Walsh
Liam Cunningham & Michael Fassbender
Hunger follows life in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland with an interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by Bobby Sands. With an epic eye for detail, the film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.
Premiered at Un Certain Regard, Cannes (2008). Winner of Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2008; winner of the inaugural Sydney Film Prize at the Sydney Film Festival 2008.; winner of the Fipresci International Critics' prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2008; winner of the Heartbeat Award at the Dinard British Film Festival; winner of the Spirit of Freedom Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival; nominated for six British Film and TV Awards 2008, including Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film; nominated for seven nominations at the British Independent Film Awards, including Best Screenplay; nominated for BAFTA Outstanding British Film 2009; nominated for Evening Standard Best Film Award 2009; nominated for Best Foreign Film at Film Independent's Spirit awards; nominated for Best Film at South Bank Show awards 2008; Nominated for Best Screenplay at the Irish Film and Television Awards 2008