The Stranger

Director: Neasa Ní Chianáin

The Stranger, is a haunting new documentary from Neasa Ní Chianáin  (Fairytale of Kathmandu). English artist Neal McGregor died alone, aged 44, in a stone shed where he lived without water, electricity or heating on the small Donegal island of Inishbofin, leaving behind volumes of beautifully illustrated secret diaries and some animal carvings.

The Gaelic‐speaking islanders on the rapidly depopulating island knew little of Neal during the eight years he lived there. Who was The Stranger? This is a film about memory and perception, an unusual portrait of a man living on the edge, physically and mentally, and the remote island community where he chose to reside.

Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn

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