Hunger striker's story set for film

William Graham
7 July 2004 Irish News

The life of Francis Hughes, the second IRA prisoner to die on hunger
strike, is to be portrayed in a multi-million pound film.

An Irish film company backed by American producers is reported to be
making the €12 million (£8 million) film called The Time Has Come.

It will recount Hughes's life from when he joined the IRA in his
teens to his death on hunger strike at the Maze prison on May 12
1981, one week after the death of Bobby Sands.

Hughes, from Bellaghy, Co Derry, was born in 1956. He joined the IRA
at 15 when, his family said, he witnessed his brother Oliver being
taken from his house and interned.

A Sunday newspaper reported that the film, which was the brainchild
of stuntman Joe Condren, had received the backing of Hughes's family.

It is hoped that the film will go into production in October with, Mr
Condren claimed, Ray Winstone, the star of Sexy Beast, playing a
British soldier.

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