New Bobby Sands/Blanket Protest/Hunger Strike Film wins prestigious award at Cannes

Bobby Sands Mural

Mural of Bobby Sands — IRA Volunteer, Political Prisoner, Gaeilge (Irish Language) Speaker, Hunger Striker, Elected MP, Martyr

From Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunia — National Irish Freedom Committee

Bobby Sands film wins prestigious award at Cannes

The film Hunger, dealing with the death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, received the Camera d’Or award at the closing ceremony of the Festival de Cannes on May 25.
The award, one of the most prestigious at Cannes, is given to the director of the best first-time feature film in any section of the festival. The jury chairman, French director Bruno Dumont, and US actor Dennis Hopper presented it.

Director Steve McQueen, the British artist who won the Turner Prize in 1999, accepted the prize. “I’m very proud for myself and the marvelous cast and crew I had on this film,” McQueen said after the awards ceremony. “As we worked on it, I knew that we were making something special. Michael Fassbender [who plays Bobby Sands] is a star, as are Liam Cunningham and Stuart Graham, and our young actors, Liam McMahon and Brian Milligan. They are the weight, heart and soul of the film.”

Hunger became the subject of many bidding battles at Cannes. Before the festival closed, the rights had been sold to distributors in the US, UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Australia and New Zealand. The film is likely to go on cinema release in the autumn.

Hunger employs minimal dialogue for its extended final sequence as it observes the physical deterioration of Sands, who died after 66 days on hunger strike. This is a harrowing, deliberately disturbing sequence in which the performance of German-born, Killarney-raised actor Michael Fassbender is astonishing.

Here is the trailer for the film:

Funeral of Bobby Sands

Funeral of Bobby Sands


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2 Responses to “New Bobby Sands/Blanket Protest/Hunger Strike Film wins prestigious award at Cannes”

  1. AbuSinan Says:

    I hope to see it when I get a chance. I have been to that mural you posted a picture above many times.


    This Film is required to be seen by the whole world. As man’s hope and fight for freedom ending in his own death. Again British brutal injustice must be depicted as it, to this day still rears it’s grotesque head.
    I gazed emotionally, hatefully and proudly for 2 minutes 28 seconds at the clip. THIS FILM MUST BE RELEASED.

    Saoirse to all mankind

    BUTCHER BOYS (Celtic/Folk band) from S. WALES UK

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