The Stranger / An Strainséir

1 x 52"


In 1990 the body of a man in his 40s was found in a hovel on Inishbofin Island in Donegal, near a cliff overlooking Toberglassen Bay.

It's hard to say how long he'd been dead – some said he'd died of a heart attack, or a brain haemorrhage, while others said he died before his time. All he'd left behind were drawings, beautifully illustrated diaries and some carvings on the wall of the chicken coop he'd made his home.

Beginning with the objects – the carvings, drawings, etchings, his hovel, and the pieces he made for different people – this film, by acclaimed director Neasa Ní Chianáin, will piece together the story of Neal MacGregor, artist and master craftsman, and through his story revisit the Irish craft revival of the 70s and 80s.

In a cinematic style that will use archive including local influences such as home movies from the 80s, Neal's own drawings and some animation, this film will bring a remarkable, enigmatic life into context as we uncover his influence both in Donegal and abroad.

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