The bare prison cell of IRA man Bobby Sands in Hunger has been exchanged in Steve McQueen’s second feature for the equally suffocating space in the head of New Yorker Brandon Sullivan, again a striking role by Michael Fassbender.
Sullivan’s existence revolves around sex: with whores, on the phone, with colleagues or women he picks up in the clubs of a sterile blue Manhattan, Sullivan’s personal laboratory. That daily routine of emotionless sex is disrupted when Sullivan’s younger sister Sissy moves in with him. The shadows of a past that injured both of them slowly intrude. But where Sissy directs her destructive tendencies within and lets the world overwhelm her, Sullivan keeps them at a distance.
As in Hunger, McQueen is a man of few words. Shame is as physical and naked as Hunger, equally focussed on textures and sounds that make the space of the cell visible. Ironically, in this case it is the total freedom of unbridled consumption of bodies with which Sullivan creates that prison.






Filmmaker
Steve McQueen
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2011
Medium
DCP
Length
99’
Language
English
Producer
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Production Company
See-Saw Films
Sales
HanWay Films
Writer
Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan
Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt
Editor
Joe Walker
Production Design
Judy Becker
Sound Design
Glenn Freemantle
Music
Harry Escott
Cast
Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
Website
http://see-saw-films.com/film/shame/#visuals