29 November 2012
Frankie Boyle puts 1981 H-Blocks Hunger Strikes movie in his top 5 films
‘Bobby Sands was someone looking into the future, I suppose’
HUNGER, the Steve McQueen movie about the 1981 H-Blocks Hunger Strike and starring Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands, has been named by outspoken comedian Frankie Boyle first amongst his five favourite films for commuter readers of the free newspaper Metro.
Picking Hunger alongside Five Easy Pieces (starring Jack Nicholson), kids movie Megamind, Japanese cartoon-computer animation Devil Man – Volume 2: Demon Bird, and “all the films on BBC2’s Moviedrome”, Frankie says:
“This is the story of Irish republican prisoner Bobby Sands’s hunger strike. It’s like a visual poem almost and very moving. Sands (Michael Fassbender), was someone looking into the future, I suppose: ‘Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.’ I won’t spoil it but there’s a beautiful, poetic ending.”
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