Greystones Film Club: Town Of Strangers

The Greystones Film Club presents
TOWN OF STRANGERS (Ireland/PG/80mins)

There are only two stories in the world. A person goes on a journey. A stranger comes to town.

When filmmaker Treasa O’Brien arrived in the small Galway town of Gort [pop: 2,994], the plan was to make a film.

All she needed was a script, and some actors.

And so, Treasa attached a megaphone to her red van home and asked the townsfolk to come along to the town hall and audition – by telling her  “a dream, a lie, a memory, a story or a piece of gossip”.

Build a film audition, and they will come. From layabouts to lovers, from Lebowskis to ladettes, Treasa soon had a fascinating archive of dreams, lies, memories, stories and a dash of gossip. And that’s when Town Of Strangers became a film about making a film, and how, in front of a camera, alone with a stranger, everyone’s got a story to tell.

Even if they’re not sure what it is.

With producer Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act Of Killing) on board, O’Brien was drawn to Gort because it was the town with most nationalities in Ireland, and it was also the town worst hit by austerity.

The resulting film is at turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, leaving everyday people to explain how they got from there to here, with even the filmmaker herself accepting that none of us really know where we’re going…

Treasa O’Brien will be attending the screening for a short Q&A before Town Of Strangers.

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