BOBBY SANDS 66 DAYS director Brendan J Byrne to take part in Q&A at special opening night screening in the IFI

Posted July 20, 2016 by Suzanne Murray in News
Bobby Sands 66 Days
Bobby Sands 66 Days

Following on from its Irish premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh earlier this month, BOBBY SANDS 66 DAYS will open in cinemas across Ireland on Friday 5th August.  The Irish Film Institute will host a special opening night screening of the film which will include a post-screening Q&A with director Brendan J Byrne and special guests.

In the Spring of 1981 Bobby Sands, a Republican prisoner in Belfast’s H Block, began a 66 day hunger strike which drew the attention of the world to his campaign for recognition as a political prisoner. This focus on the Northern Irish conflict would eventually trigger efforts to resolve it. Byrne’s energetic new documentary chronicles Sands’ physical deterioration over the course of the 66 days, focusing on Sands’ beliefs as outlined in his prison diaries, on the divided community into which he was born and the Republican history which informed his politicisation as a young man.

Brendan is an experienced filmmaker, specialising in documentary and feature films. He was been making high end documentaries for UK and Irish broadcasters for over 20 years, including his Royal Television Society winning documentary Breaking The Silence about families coping in the aftermath of suicide, and Men of Arlington which won the Critics’ Choice award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2011 (Producer). In a career spanning 25 years, Brendan ran production company Hotshot Films between 1992 and 2013 before joining Fine Point Films as Creative Director in 2014.

The opening night screening will take place in the IFI on Friday 5th August at 6.30pm.

Tickets for the screening and Q&A are available now at or by calling the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.