Mike Leigh’s Choices

H3

In his powerful drama, Les Blair looks at the 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison near Belfast.

Image from H3

Ireland 2001
Dir Les Blair
With Brendan Mackey, Dean Lennox Kelly, Mark O’Halloran
91min
Digital
Certificate 15

Bleak Moments would never have happened but for Les Blair, who raised the money, and produced and edited it. He then successfully became a director, making an impressive range of TV and feature films, culminating with this neglected gem. With detached clarity, yet with warmth and compassion, H3 looks at the 1981 IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison near Belfast.

The screening on Monday 25 October will feature a Q&A with director Les Blair.