Directed by: Steve McQueen
Dir.: Steve McQueen
A tour-de-force debut by renowned British visual artist Steve McQueen, Hunger follows the final six weeks in the life of Irish hunger striker Bobby Sands. Displaying a breathtaking control of image, sound, pacing and tone, McQueen delivers a precise and devastating portrait of political violence both as it is inflicted and, most especially, as it is felt.
The focus stays on the men of the Maze Prison, which was located outside Belfast – specifically Raymond Lohan, an officer working within one of the prison's infamous H-Blocks; Davey Gillen, a young and terrified new prisoner; Gerry Campbell, Davey's cellmate and personal guide to the harsh realities of the Maze; and H-Block leader Bobby Sands. Sands and his fellow inmates launch a protest, demanding to be treated as political detainees and refusing to wear prisoners' uniforms. Conflicts escalate and, as the dispute spreads beyond the Maze, no officer remains secure.
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