Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMcQueen, Steve
Running Time96 min
Date Released05/2008
DistributorIcon Film Distribution
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng

Hunger offers an uncompromising and brutal portrait of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike that speaks to larger issues of prisoners' rights. Prisoners in Northern Ireland's Maze prison launch a seven-month strike to win status as political prisoners, which the British government had revoked for Irish Republican Army members during the Troubles. The film focuses on Bobby Sands, but it also documents the no-wash strike as well as guards beating and sodomizing prisoners. 


Michael Fassbender

Liam Cunningham

Stuart Graham

Laine Megaw

Brian Milligan

Liam McMahon

Karen Hassan

Frank McCusker

Lalor Roddy

Helen Madden

Des McAleer

Geoff Gatt

Rory Mullen

Ben Peel

Helena Bereen

Paddy Jenkins

Billy Clarke

Ciaran Flynn

B.J. Hogg


Directed by Steve McQueen

Produced by Laura Hastings-Smith and Robin Gutch

Written by Enda Walsh and Steve McQueen

Music by David Holmes

Cinematography by Sean Bobbitt

Edited by Joe Walker


War, Drama, Biography

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