Hunger Hunger

Hunger

Steve McQueen

 
Hunger (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom, Ireland
  • 2008
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #504

With Hunger, British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history’s most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience. In Northern Ireland’s Maze prison in 1981, twenty-seven-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government’s refusal to recognize him and his fellow IRA inmates as political prisoners. McQueen dramatizes prison existence and Sands’s final days in a way that is purely experiential, even abstract, a succession of images full of both beauty and horror. Featuring an intense performance by Michael Fassbender, Hunger is an unflinching, transcendent depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard.

Cast

Bobby Sands Michael Fassbender
Raymond Lohan, guardStuart Graham
Raymond’s motherHelena Bereen
Father Dominic MoranLiam Cunningham
Lohan’s wifeLaine Megaw
Davey GillenBrian Milligan
Gerry CampbellLiam McMahon
Gerry’s girlfriendKaren Hassan
The governerFrank McCusker

Credits

ScreenplayEnda Walsh and Steve McQueen
ProducerRobin Gutch and Laura Hastings-Smith
Director of photographySean Bobbitt
EditingJoe Walker
Production designTom McCullagh
Costume DesignAnushia Nieradzik
Makeup and hairJacqueline Fowler
MusicDavid Holmes and Leo Abrahams
DirectorSteve McQueen

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Steve McQueen, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Video interviews with McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender
  • A short documentary on the making of Hunger, including interviews with McQueen, Fassbender, actors Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham, and Brian Milligan, writer Enda Walsh, and producer Robin Gutch
  • “The Provo’s Last Card?,” a 1981 episode of the BBC program Panorama, about the Maze prison hunger strikes and the political and civilian reactions across Northern Ireland
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Chris Darke

    New cover by Rasmus Alkestrand

Film Essays

Hunger: On the Threshold

By Chris Darke February 17, 2010

The feature film debut of British artist Steve McQueen,Hunger dramatizes the final weeks in the life of Irish Republican Army commander Bobby Sands and his death by hunger strike, aged . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries


News

Stay Hungry

September 09, 2010

British director Steve McQueen and his Hunger muse Michael Fassbender are teaming up again, Variety reports. Their next project, the similarly succinctly titled Shame, sounds like a change of . . . Read more »


Clippings

More Life-Changing Cinema

April 21, 2010

Last month, we called your attention to a new recurring feature in the Guardian, in which a filmmaker writes a short essay about the film that changed his or her life. Bernardo Bertolucci, the . . . Read more »


News

McQueen, Beyond Hunger

March 02, 2010

If the harrowing, formally daring Hunger, just out in Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions, left you wanting to deepen your acquaintance with director Steve McQueen’s visceral imagery, you’re in . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Hunger

February 24, 2010

According to critics, rarely has a film so skillfully combined poetry and atrocity as in Hunger, Steve McQueen’s astonishing Cannes award winner about Bobby Sands’s 1981 hunger strike at . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Hunger: On the Threshold

By Chris Darke February 17, 2010

The feature film debut of British artist Steve McQueen,Hunger dramatizes the final weeks in the life of Irish Republican Army commander Bobby Sands and his death by hunger strike, aged . . . Read more »


News

Next for McQueen

December 10, 2009

British visual artist turned narrative filmmaker Steve McQueen is getting back in the director’s chair following the success of his award-winning Hunger. Variety announced this week that McQueen . . . Read more »

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