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Review: 66 DAYS Is A Thought-Provoking Look At A Dark Time In Irish History - Movies In Focus
Brendan J. Byrne’s 66 Days is a well presented look at the ten IRA prisoners who went on hunger strike in 1981. The main focus of Byrne’s documentary is Bobby Sands, the enigmatic leader of the prisoners who died after 66 Days of starvation in their protest to regain their status as political prisoners. Tackling the war in the north of Ireland during this period isn’t easy. You walk a fine line between trying to tell a fully rounded story whilst attempting to take in both sides of the argument. 66 Days does manage to discuss both sides of the story, though obviously there is a certain bias as Bobby Sands is the film’s focal point. We see the hunger strike through his eyes, hearing powerful extracts from his diaries (narrated by actor Martin McCann) and learning about his life in and out of prison. That’s not to say that Byrne’s film doesn’t highlight and criticise many of the tactics on the republican side of the argument. On the surface it may seem that this would cover much of the same ground as Steve Mc Queen’s Michael Fassbender-starring drama Hunger, but 66 Days places the hunger strikes in not only the [...]