Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Screenplay by Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh
Directed by Steve McQueen

Michael Fassbender
Liam Cunningham
Stuart Graham
Liam McMahon

Premiere date: May 15, 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)

Davey Gillen is an IRA volunteer who is sentenced to Belfast's infamous Maze prison, where he shares a cell with fellow IRA member Gerry Campbell. 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, 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 who questions the ethics and effectiveness of the strike.

Cannes Film Festival
Camera d'or


DEZMOND said...

this is the movie that has marked Michael Fassbender as one of the biggest talents in the movie world.

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