HUNGER Wins Again

February 15, 2009 · Print This Article

‘Hunger’, the multi-award winning film about the last days in the life of Bobby Sands, swept the boards at the Irish Film & Television Awards [IFTA] in Dublin last night [14th February] winning in six categories, with Michael Fassbinder who played Bobby Sands securing the top IFTA acting honour. Earlier this month, Fassbinder scooped the actor of the year award at the London Critics’ Circle Awards. At IFTA ‘Hunger’ was named best film, and also notched up an IFTA for Liam Cunningham who was named best supporting actor for his role as Father Dominic Moran. It also won awards for original score [David Holmes], production design [Tom McCullagh] and sound [Ronan Hill and Mervyn Moore].

Michael Fassbender was also presented with the Irish Film Board Rising Star Award.


12 Responses to “HUNGER Wins Again”

  1. INFO. ON MOVIE on February 15th, 2009 10:24 pm

    where can this movie be seen , or purchased?

  2. G S on February 16th, 2009 6:06 pm

    Not suprisingly it had virtually no publicity on the mainland other than the awards it won.They still try to ignore the past.A great man who did so much for the ‘C’ and should never be forgotten.’The apple never falls far from the tree’ and the legacy carries on.

  3. Gerry O'Brien on February 16th, 2009 6:25 pm

    As an Irish-American a film like this should remind all of us how power-hungry countries like England and the United States force their ideas and values on the rest of the world. To have the film recognize will hopefully open the eyes of people you may not know of Bobby Sands struggle to united his country. As we speak the English talk about transferring policing and Justice powers back to Ireland, but I want to see it done before I’m convince.

  4. neil o'hagan on February 16th, 2009 6:26 pm

    delighted to see ‘Hunger’ doing so well . Its just a pity that conor cruise o’brien isn’t here to see it. also enjoyed leonard cohen’s version of ‘Kevin Barry’ and look forward to Paul Simon doing ‘The Broad black brimmer’

  5. Chrissie West on February 18th, 2009 3:11 am

    ‘Hunger’ had one showing at the Odeon in Chelmsford last night to an audience of less than 20. A superbly crafted film that should be shown to all 16 year old English boys.

  6. Stephen Todd on February 24th, 2009 5:20 pm

    Hunger is out on DVD at last ! Available on Amazon.

  7. Pádraic Mac Coitir on March 2nd, 2009 2:15 pm

    I was in London recently and read a review of ‘Hunger’ dvd in a local paper. It gave 5 stars and here’s what the reviewer wrote.
    ‘Harsh, harrowing, nightmarish…Steve McQueen’s take on the troubles is an oreal, but there’s much to admire. Focusing on the 1981 hunger strike, led by IRA volunteer and MP Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender), McQueen revisits an era of cold, hard, mutual hatred. Prison officers checking their cars for bombs, brutal and sustained prisoner abuse, dirty protests, casual assassinations, and at the centre of it, Sands. He stands firm, withering from political firebrand to a skektal jumble of skin and bones. McQueen doesn’t lend the protest unnecessary martyr glamour. He shoots with a blank, surgical and almost documentary-style camera, always pushing into the heart of the horror, refusing to comfort by cutting away. Be warned: Hunger is tough – at times almost unwatchable. It’s also unmissable.’

  8. JHR on March 7th, 2009 5:44 pm

    Any word yet when Hunger will be available on DVD in the US or will be available for purchase on US-compatible DVD format? Right now Amazon in the US has nothing, Netflix doesn’t have any indication when it will be available, and the SF bookshop only has it in non-US DVD format. I’ve very much wanted to watch the movie for some time now but I’m out of ideas other than keep waiting. Perhaps the film will come to an art-house style theater in my area, and I’ve put in a request to one near where I live, but barring that it is looking like DVD is my only option.

  9. Elizabeth Collins on March 29th, 2009 9:47 pm

    Saw “Hunger”…opening night in Brooklyn, NY ..2/27/09.
    Brilliant film…
    It’s about time that some one told the truth about
    the horrors faced by political prisoners interned at H-Block.
    Kudos to Steve McQueen for a beautifully crafted production.
    More films like this are needed.
    so that everyone knows…..and no one forgets.

  10. Moira on April 4th, 2009 8:44 pm

    Rest in Peace Bobby

    Lest We Forget.

  11. Anna on April 8th, 2009 3:53 am

    Bobby Sands will never be forgotten . Margret Thatcher will never be forgiven Rest In Peace Bobby

  12. JerryF on May 22nd, 2009 4:55 pm

    I saw it in Galway and it is definitiely an important film. Everyone needs to see it.

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