The Open Door



Clooney Road, Grangewood, Gransha Hospital




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21min 16sec




British Film Institute, Peter Mc Donald, Terence Mc Donald

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Irish Film Archive, Peter Mc Donald

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Witness the changing face of psychiatric care in this hospital sponsored public information film.

Follow the six week journey to recovery of a fictional patient in the real Gransha Psychiatric Hospital. This film is written and directed by John Hume, the principle architect of the Good Friday Agreement and a leading figure in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Glimpse the recreational, occupational and industrial therapies that indicate the gradually changing attitudes and provision for the treatment of mental illness in the Derry hospital.



This film was produced by two Derry teachers, celebrated filmmaker Terence Mc Donald and John Hume, future leader of the SDLP and winner of the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for his pivotal role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Terence Mc Donald was an innovative and prolific amateur filmmaker. His remarkable body of work includes sensitive documentaries, dystopian fiction, slapstick comedy and promotional films for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Northern Ireland Resurgence Trust. This public information film is just one of many gems by Terence Mc Donald and John Hume that you can watch on the BFI Player. This material is courtesy of his son Peter McDonald.


Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.

A Fairview Films production

Written and Directed by John Hume

Produced by John Hume and Terence Mc Donald

Camera: Terence Mc Donald

Production Supervisor: Roger  O'Doherty




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