Northern Ireland, early 1980s. Young Bobby Sands, together with other detained IRA members, campiagns to recieve the status of political prisoners, but to no avail. So they decide to go on a hunger strike. In Steve McQueen's controversial debut film Hunger Sands's death struggle in the British Maze prison is depicted. Life and dramatic events both inside and outside the prison walls are shown through Bobby Sands' eyes in an intense interpretation by Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender who underwent ten weeks of starvation to play the role.