15 certificateHunger is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Hunger is a 4 star programme

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Hunger (2008)

Directed by
Steve McQueen II

The UK network premiere of artist Steve McQueen's award-winning drama, which focuses on the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland.

Michael Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, one of a group of prisoners who first "took to the blanket" with a "dirty protest" in pursuit of their claims for recognition as political prisoners. Sands then became the first one of the group to embark on a hunger strike that was to end in his death.

McQueen's film captures the reek of the urine-flooded, excrement-smeared cells, the intransigence of both sides and, at centre of the film, uses a bravura extended dialogue between Sands and Father Moran (Liam Cunningham) to ask if the strike and the resultant deaths will have any effect at all.

Written by ,

Genre: Film

Running Time: 92 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: UK/Ireland

Filmed in Colour

When is Hunger next on TV?

It's next showing on Film4 November 4th, 1:15am and on Film4 Plus 1 November 4th, 2:15am. See more...


Image for Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender...Bobby Sands
Image for Liam CunninghamLiam Cunningham...Father Moran
Stuart Graham...Ray Lohan
Liam McMahon...Gerry
Brian Milligan...Davey
Lalor Roddy...William
Helena Bereen...Ray's mother
Rory Mullen...Priest
Larry Cowan...Prison Guard
Laine Megaw...Mrs. Lohan
Dennis McCambridge...Beaten Prisoner