IRA hunger strike film wins Toronto award


A film about the 1981 IRA hunger strike in the Maze prison  has won a top award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, won the Discovery award. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands. It won the Camera d'Ór at Cannes this year.

Slumdog Millionaire, a tribute to Mumbai and a story about a dream, won the top People’s Choice award at the festival, ending a low-key event where many studios kept their best movies away.

The winning film, directed by Trainspottingdirector Danny Boyle, tells of a teenager from the Indian slums who wins a chance of becoming a millionaire in a television game show.

The film received an enthusiastic reception from the Toronto audience, and actress Freida Pinto accepted the Cadillac People's Choice Award on Boyle's behalf.

"There are a lot of firsts for me in this," she said. "It's my first premiere, my first time dealing with the press, and now it's my first award.

The Toronto festival, where the top award is chosen by the public rather than by industry experts or other insiders, opened on September 4th with P asschendaele, a romance set partly in the mud-filled trenches of World War One.

It closes tonight with a gala performance of Stone of Destiny, the story of Scottish nationalists who seek to reclaim the Stone of Scone from London's Westminster Abbey.