- 66 DAYS WORLD PREMIERE AT HOTDOCS 2016 -
Brendan J. Byrne’s critically acclaimed documentary Bobby Sands 66 Days has become one of the biggest Northern Irish films ever at the Northern Ireland Box Office surpassing recent hits Steve McQueen’s Hunger which starred Michael Fassbender and the Terri Hooley bio-pic Good Vibrations.
While Hunger took £109k and Good Vibrations took £103k in total at the Northern Ireland Box Office, Bobby Sands 66 Days which is heading into its fourth week of release, has taken £110k so far. This figure is set to grow even more as the film continues to draw audiences with sold out screenings and new cinema openings including the Odyssey in Belfast today.
Speaking about this milestone, director Brendan J. Byrne said “This is simply fantastic news. This film has been dear to my heart and thus far, is certainly the pinnacle of my documentary making career. I knew it was very important subject matter and we hoped that it would attract audiences north and south. The sheer box office success of 66 Days, added to our critical acclaim, has been a little unexpected but very welcome for everyone on the production team. It just proves that people do love a good documentary and now that the box office for 66 Days has even surpassed two fiction films - both of which I admire hugely (Hunger and Good Vibrations), I hope we’ll see more documentaries in our local cinemas. Bobby Sands: 66 Days is just the first of a number of exciting feature documentaries from Fine Point Films due to premiere at major international film festivals in the next 12 months."
The controversial documentary which is a portrait of Bobby Sand’s 66-day hunger strike has garnered much publicity and debate on both sides of the border.
At 17, Bobby Sands was interested in girls, soccer and music. Ten years later he led a prison protest against the conditions in Northern Ireland’s infamous H-Blocks that grabbed the attention of the whole world. Seeing himself as a soldier in a conflict, Bobby Sands starved for the right to be recognised as a political prisoner. The film’s narrative is comprised of Sands’ own words, drawn from his hunger strike diary, which gives a powerful and personal insight into the man and his beliefs as he embarked on his final journey.