With this first full-length film, which won the Caméra d'Or for best first feature at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, McQueen tried to transmit - from a physical, sensitive and emotional perspective - something difficult to find in books or archives: what is ordinary and extraordinary about life in this prison. At the same time, by abstracting the particular from the universal, Hunger can be read as an allegory for what it means to die for a cause.
Steve McQueen’s work has been shown in museums around the world and acquired by institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Tate Gallery (London) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris). In 2009 he represented England at the Biennale di Venezia.
Hunger, 2008, 35mm, colour, sound, English with Spanish subtitles, 96’