The final months of Bobby Sands, the Irish Republican Army activist who protested his treatment at the hands of British prison guards with a hunger strike, are chronicled in this historical drama, the first feature film from artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen. Davey Gillen (Brian Milligan) is an IRA volunteer who is sentenced to Belfast's infamous Maze prison, where he shares a cell with fellow IRA member Gerry Campbell (Liam McMahon). Like most of the IRA volunteers behind bars, Gillen and Campbell are subjected to frequent violence by the guards, who in turn live with the constant threat of assassination at the hands of Republicans during their off-hours. Campbell and Gillen are taking part in a protest in which they and their fellow IRA inmates are refusing to wear standard prison-issue uniforms as a protest against Britain's refusal to recognize them as political prisoners, a move that is complicating their efforts to pass information among the other prisoners.
Irish Republican Army -- Volunteers -- Fiction.
Maze Prison (Lisburn, Northern Ireland) -- Fiction.
Political prisoners -- Fiction.
Sands, Bobby, 1954-1981 -- Fiction.
Alliance Films, production company.
Blast! Films, production company.
Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, production company.
Channel 4 International, production company.
Cunningham, Liam, actor.
Fassbender, Michael, 1977- actor.
Film Four International, production company.
McQueen, Steve, 1969- film director.
Northern Ireland Screen (Firm), production company.
The Wales Creative IP Fund, production company.