Your Company

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

Ireland, United Kingdom · 2016
1h 45m
Director Brendan J. Byrne
Starring Martin McCann, Gerry Adams, Norman Tebbit, Seán Donlon
Genre Documentary

A mixture of animation, reenactments, interviews and archival footage to convey the story of Bobby Sands and the 1981 Irish Republican hunger strike while the men were imprisoned in Northern Ireland. Events leading up to the strike and its complex legacy are also explored in this impassioned and comprehensive documentary.

Stream Bobby Sands: 66 Days

What are people saying?

What are critics saying?


Empire by

Narratives of the Northern Irish Troubles are a nightmare of bias and bullshit – this superior doc does better than most in cutting through both, and offers a lot to experts and noobs alike.


CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Though it is clearly a work of great empathy and respect, Bobby Sands: 66 Days takes pains to offer alternative perspectives and as such makes for a richly textured and complex portrait of man, myth and movement.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

This finely crafted docu may well long stand as the most balanced among such treatments, as it respectfully examines Sands’ folk-heroic legacy rather than simply amplifying it.


The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

The emotional reserve of 66 Days can make the film feel a little dry at times, given that it’s about something as visceral as a man starving himself to death. But Byrne does a fine job of juggling a lot of information.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Sands is still an opaque figure by the end of this film. We have his sombre writings and journals but, interestingly, there are hardly any clear photographs, and we learn little about him as a human being.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Byrne’s film is concerned with the process and practice of myth-making: the way the right person, or action, or face, can capture a moment, or galvanise a movement – and, for both good and ill, transform politics into something like art.

Users who liked this film also liked