In this podcast, Gemma Creagh talks to Treasa O’Brien, director of Town of Strangers.
A stranger arrives in the town of Gort and announces that auditions will be held in the town hall for a new film. “Come and tell me your stories, your dreams, your lies, your memories, any gossip. All genders, nationalities and languages welcome. No acting experience necessary” is announced by the director via a loudspeaker on her van as she drives through the town. One by one, people sit into an armchair on the set of a kitchen, surrounded by old props found in the Town Hall that could have been from John B Keane’s The Field, which had been produced by the local theatre group the year before. And they tell their stories….
Town of Strangers screens on IFI@Home from 19th March 2021
Town of Strangers was produced by Martha O’Neill (Wildfire Films) & Treasa O’Brien (Stinging Hornet Films) and executive producer is Joshua Oppenheimer. It was funded through an Arts Council Film Project Award, a CREATE Artist-in-the-community award, the Goethe Institute, Clare County Council and the director’s own savings. It has screened in FLYING BROOM TURKEY 2020, Docs Ireland Belfast, Galway Film Fleadh and Cork International Film Festival.