Those with an interest in up and coming filmmakers, or Irish history, will want to check out the debut feature from Steve McQueen (no, not that one). This highly regarded film, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival for best feature from a first time director, tells the story of IRA member Bobby Sands and his attempt to stand defiant against British occupation of Northern Ireland even when confined to a prison cell. In 1981, Sands went on a hunger stuck while being kept prisoner, demanding he and fellow inmates be treated as political prisoners, not terrorists.
Winner of the Golden Camera for best debut, Cannes 2008. Discover Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 2008.
2008Rating: R16, contains nudity, content that may disturb96 minsUK, Ireland
Picture represents a powerful, pertinent but not entirely perfect debut for British visual-artist-turned-feature-helmer Steve McQueen, who demonstrates a painterly touch with composition and real cinematic flair, but who stumbles in film's last furlough with trite symbolism.
In his fearless commitment to the verité of prison life, McQueen offers a study of individual lives shorn away by institutional role-playing, observing as the gap between prisoners and guards repeatedly dissolves into ceremonial violence.