** WINNER Best Documentary at the 2007 BIFF Awards **
‘The Hunger Strike’ is about the 1980/81 Hunger Strikers in the Maze Prison, Northern Ireland. This 60-min documentary looks at this important historical period from every conceivable angle in order to present as rounded a view as possible. The documentary features contributions from people who were close to the events and are best qualified to speak as primary sources of information on the period.
This project is a co-production between Producer Margo Harkin of Besom Productions, based in Derry, and Joel Conroy of Inis Films based in Dublin. The documentary has been commissioned by BBC Northern Ireland to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the hunger strikes in 2006. An additional Irish language version is currently being produced for TG4. This project is supported by the Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission and the Broadcast Commission of Ireland.
Title: The Hunger Strike
Production: Inis Films & Besom Productions co-production
Director: Margo Harkin
Producers: Joel Conroy & Margo Harkin
Broadcaster: BBC1 Northern Ireland (25th May 2006) / “Ocras” TG4 (Autumn 2006)
Fianciers: BBC / TG4 / The Northern Ireland Film & Television Commission / The Broadcast Commission of Ireland