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Plot, Details & Awards

Hunger

(2009)
Not Rated In Theaters 03/20/2009 , 92min.
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Plot & Details

The final months of Bobby Sands, the Irish Republican Army activist who protested his treatment at the hands of British prison guards with a hunger strike, are chronicled in this historical drama, the first feature film from artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen. Davey Gillen (Brian Milligan) is an IRA volunteer who is sentenced to Belfast's infamous Maze prison, where he shares a cell with fellow IRA member Gerry Campbell (Liam McMahon). Like most of the IRA volunteers behind bars, Gillen and Campbell are subjected to frequent violence by the guards, who in turn live with the constant threat of assassination at the hands of Republicans during their off-hours. Campbell and Gillen are taking part in a protest in which they and their fellow IRA inmates are refusing to wear standard prison-issue uniforms as a protest against Britain's refusal to recognize them as political prisoners, a move that is complicating their efforts to pass information among the other prisoners. As the protest fails to get results, one IRA member behind bars, Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), decides to take a different tack and begins a hunger strike, refusing to eat until Irish officials are willing to acknowledge the IRA as a legitimate political organization. However, while Sands' protest gains the attention both inside prison walls and in the international news, not everyone believes what he's doing is right, and Sands finds himself verbally sparring with a priest (Liam Cunningham) who questions the ethics and effectiveness of the strike. Hunger received its world premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the Un Certain Regard program.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carl Foreman Award Steve McQueen Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 AFI Fest Film Presented Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best of the Fests Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Carl Foreman Award Steve McQueen Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Cannes Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Steve McQueen Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film Steve McQueen Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 London Film Critics Association Best British Film Nominated
2008 London Film Critics Association Breakthrough British Filmmaker Steve McQueen Won
2008 London Film Critics Association Best Supporting British Actor Liam Cunningham Nominated
2008 London Film Critics Association Best British Director Steve McQueen Nominated
2008 London Film Critics Association Best British Actor Michael Fassbender Won

London Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 London Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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