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Derry links to BAFTA success

Foyle Sinn F�in MLA and former hunger striker Raymond McCartney with the film's director, Steve McQueen, second from left. Also pictured are former hunger strikers Laurence McKeown, left, and Pat Sheehan, right (1708MMhunger)

Foyle Sinn F�in MLA and former hunger striker Raymond McCartney with the film's director, Steve McQueen, second from left. Also pictured are former hunger strikers Laurence McKeown, left, and Pat Sheehan, right (1708MMhunger)

A Derry MLA has congratulated film director Steve McQueen on the success of his film ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ at the BAFTA awards.

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney met Mr McQueen when he acted as an advisor on the director’s critically acclaimed film, ‘Hunger,’ about the 1981 hunger strike by republican prisoners in Long Kesh prison.

Mr McCartney spent 53 days on hunger strike during the 1980 hunger a year earlier.

The Foyle MLA also had another connection to Sunday’s night’s BAFTA awards ceremony as he had also met director Paul Greengrass, who was nominated for the best director award for ‘Captain Philips.’

Mr Greengrass interviewed Mr McCartney for the groundbreaking ‘World in Action documentary’ during the 1980 hunger strike.

Congratulating Steve McQueen, Mr McCartney said; “It is clear that he is not afraid to tackle the difficult subjects and he views his films as much more than entertainment.”

 

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