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This stunningly intense drama, directed and co-written by the artist Steve McQueen, deals with the protests of imprisoned Provisional IRA members, who wished to be treated as political prisoners. When their demands were rejected, their response was to go on hunger strike. In long, beautifully composed takes, McQueen focuses on one inmate, Bobby Sands, who was the first to die and, as a result, became a Republican martyr. The film does not flinch from showing the brutality of the prison system and the physical effects of the strike, as well as opening a debate on its ethics and effectiveness.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the History in Action strand of the festival.
Powerful drama based on the true story of Gerry Conlan, an Irish man who spent 14 years in prison for a deadly terrorist pub bombing he didn't commit.
14+ years 133 mins
Biopic of leading IRA figure Michael Collins, who inspired republicans to use violence to achieve a united Ireland before emerging as a peacemaker.
16+ years 133 mins
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Award-winning actor Viola Davis speaks with our reporter Eleanor about her new film 'Widows' as it opens the 62nd BFI London Film Festival.
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