Town of Strangers - Treasa O'Brien

hybrid documentary

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“Beautiful, poetic. Town of Strangers leads us to reflect on ourselves, what it means to be an immigrant, how the passage of time makes us all strangers, somehow, in our own fleeting lives. The formal innovation and lyrical confection create a strange alchemy.”  

“It is exactly what I hunger to watch. I LOVE her way of looking – the humanity! And humour and questions… Deep and gentle. Incisive and kind”

“A distinctive film that is both wonderfully offbeat and thoughtful”

“So many documentaries you see now are exploitative or sensationalist. Town of Strangers, on the other hand, was complex and unresolved, mysterious and restrained, just like most real people”

“A sensitive and engaging depiction of human connection, with all its fragilities, and, in doing so, beautifully reflects on contemporary rural Ireland.”


82mins ‧ HDV ‧ Ireland ‧ 

See the world in one small Irish town.

There are only two stories: a person goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.

Town of Strangers is a ‘hybrid’ feature film using auditions, observational documentary and magical realist dream scenes. It is a documentary of the imagination, with many scenes transcending the genres of documentary and fiction, going deep into the experience of migration and home through cinematic methods.

Writer & Director:  Treasa O’Brien

Executive Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer (dir. The Act of Killing)

Producers: Martha O’Neill (Wildfire Films) & Treasa O’Brien (Stinging Hornet Films)

Cinematography: Gina Ferrer & Treasa O’Brien

Editor: Mirjam Strugalla





COMING SOON TO [email protected] CINEMA 19 MARCH 2021

The Whale Theatre, Wicklow

Flying Broom Feminist Film Festival, Turkey

Rejkavik Feminist Film Festival, Iceland

Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

Heart of Gort Festival

Docs Ireland Belfast 

Dingle Film Festival 

Cork Film Festival 

Galway Film Fleadh 


Greystones Guide, Interview with Director 

Dublin Inquirer, review by Luke Maxwell

RTÉ Something for the Weekend, Alice Maher

Film Ireland Review by Loretta Goff

Film Ireland Feature: Behind the Scenes Town of Strangers

Still from 'Town of Strangers'
Still from 'Town of Strangers'
Still from 'Town of Strangers'
Still from 'Town of Strangers'

‘Town of Strangers’ ‧ Treasa O’Brien ‧ 82mins ‧ HDV ‧ Ireland 


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