Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Venice Prize For Hunger

Artist Steve McQueen has won a prize at the Venice Film Festival for his film Hunger, about IRA hunger striker and politican Bobby Sands' final days in the Maze prison.

McQueen was awarded the Gucci Group Award - which honours film-makers from other fields.

The film, directed by McQueen, stars Michael Fassbender as Sands, who died in 1981 at the Northern Ireland jail at the age of 27.

The film also won the Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Actor Fassbender went on a medically-supervised diet to play Sands who refused food for 66 days in an attempt to be recognised as a political prisoner.