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Hunger
A brutal and compelling take on the IRA hunger strikes of 1981.
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2008 10:47 GMT



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The Fabulous Picture Show returns for a new series of films from across the globe and kicks off with a special screening of Hunger, the winner of this year's Caméra d'Or, the award for best first feature at the Cannes Film Festival.

Amanda Palmer is joined by the cast of Hunger
British director Steve McQueen is no stranger to the art world, having won the prestigious Turner Prize, and now his gritty debut has garnered stellar reviews in the film world.

Hunger follows life in Belfast's notorious Maze Prison, Northern Ireland, and is a brutal but compelling interpretation of the highly emotive events surrounding the 1981 IRA Hunger Strike, led by prisoner Bobby Sands.

With an epic eye for detail, McQueen's film provides a timely exploration of what happens when body and mind are pushed to the uttermost limit.

Amanda Palmer is joined on the show by four members of the Hunger cast: Liam Cunningham, Liam McMahon, Stuart Graham and Brian Milligan, who shared their experiences of working on such a groundbreaking piece of cinema.

Kabuli Kid

Barmak Akram's Afghan tale, Kabuli Kid
A taxi driver discovers a baby boy in the back seat of his cab. 

His search for the child's mother is complicated by the fact that she, like so many women in Kabul, continues to wear the veil.

Kabuli Kid, from Afghan director Barmak Akram premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival and is his attempt to portray life in his country beyond the warzone of the country's capital Kabul.

It is a striking film which features a cast comprised largely of Afghans with no previous acting experience.

Bollywood Dynasties

Bollywood heavyweights, father and son, Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan
Thousands of aspiring actors and filmmakers want to get into Bollywood, but as in show business everywhere, talent is never enough.

In Bollywood just 10 family dynasties control 80 per cent of the business.

Our Bollywood reporter Sapna Bhatia takes a look at some of these dynasties, such as the Kapoor family and its four generations of movie stars, and the Bachchans, whose patriarch Amitabh is still one of the country's biggest stars, along with his son Abhishek, who in turn is married to superstar Aishwarya Rai.


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More on the new series of The Fabulous Picture Show

This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Saturday, November 22, at the following times GMT:
 
Saturday 0830 and 2230; Sunday 0630 and 1230; Monday 0300; Tuesday 1430; Wednesday 0130 and 1200; Thursday 0330 and 2330; Friday 0730

 

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