Film screening: Hunger (2008) by Steve McQueen – Wednesday 21 January


Gorvy Lecture Theatre (Dyson Building, Battersea), 15.30-17.10

Preceding the research biennial, this film series seeks to explore how and in what ways ethical questions have been and can be interrogated in film.

‘Aesthetics is born as a discourse of the body’

– Terry Eagleton, The Ideology of the Aesthetic

In what ways might the body serve as an ethical medium? When all you have is your body, how it can it be used as a medium of protest?

Hunger is a historical drama directed by Steve McQueen about the 1981 Maze Prison hunger strike in Northern Ireland. Michael Fassbender plays Bobby Sands, the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) volunteer who led the second IRA hunger strike and participated in the no-wash protest in which prisoners tried to regain political status after it was revoked by the British government in 1976.

‘Artist McQueen’s outstanding film debut is such a physical piece of cinema that one feels the brutality as it depicts Bobby Sands’ protest; stripped of everything, he has nothing but his body to challenge the powers that be.’ – Lizzie Francke, UK Film Council, in Sight & Sound

Biennial film screenings are curated by Helena Bonett, Emily Richardson and Mercedes Vicente