In the spring of 1981, Irish Republican Bobby Sands' 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause. Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands' emotive, non-violent protest to be classified as a political prisoner became a defining moment in 20th-century Irish history. Sands' death after 66 days marked a key turning point in the relationship between Britain and Ireland and brought a global spotlight to the Northern Irish conflict which eventually triggered international efforts to resolve it. The film revolves around Sands' own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, which provides a unique insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey.


Brendan Byrne