Great Moments

Hunger (2008) – Bobby Sands & Father Moran discuss morality

By now, most people are aware of director Steve McQueen after his critically acclaimed portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. Yet McQueen’s first feature film, Hunger released in 2008 has escaped the attention of many. Focusing on the 1981 Irish hunger strike, the film depicts the harrowing +2-months period that IRA member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and fellow soldiers went without food while being held prisoner in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. The following scene from the film is a moment in which Sands discusses the morality of the hunger strike with Father Dominic Moran (Liam Cunningham), illustrating the righteousness of his cause through a childhood story. Featuring an unbroken 17-minute shot, the exchange is completely immersive and worthy of a place among the greatest scenes in cinema history.


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