Another award for Hunger Strike movie

An Phoblacht
19 June 2008

HUNGER, the film dealing with the 1981 H-Block Hunger Strike has won the Sydney Film Festival’s first international competition.

Director, Steve McQueen has added the $60,000 prize to the Camera d’Or award for best first-time director at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

A jury headed by the Australian director Gillian Armstrong chose Hunger as winner of the 12-film competition that has run at the festival over the past 12 days.

The film’s producer, Laura Hastings-Smith, accepted the trophy, which is affectionately dubbed the Blue Pavlova.

Armstrong said the jury’s decision was unanimous.

McQueen’s debut feature film Hunger details the last six weeks in the life of Hunger Strike leader Bobby Sands.

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