To the Western World

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To the Western World
Directed by Margy Kinmonth
Produced by Margy Kinmonth
Brian Harding
Edited byJohn Fanner
Foxtrot Films
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
CountryUnited Kingdom

To the Western World is a documentary film directed by Margy Kinmonth. Narrated by John Huston and starring Niall Tóibín, Patrick Laffan, Tom Hickey (actor) & Brendan Cauldwell, the film charts the journey of John Millington Synge and Irish artist Jack Butler Yeats through Connemara in 1905. [1] The two men were sent by the Manchester Guardian to report on the 'Congested Districts', the most poverty-stricken and over populated parts of the West of Ireland. [2] The film is the first dramatisation of the original articles, which disappeared for decades after their publication. On their journey they described the economic conditions, poverty, unemployment, dress and lie-stock.


The film has previously won the European Community Award and was nominated for the Fiction Award at the Cork Film Festival.


2009 Irish Film Institute and Dublin Theatre Festival’s “Unsung Synge”

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  1. "John Huston voices "To the Western World"". Foxtrot Films. 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  2. Chrisafis, Angelique; correspondent, Ireland (2005-06-24). "Historic Guardian series recalled". The Guardian. ISSN   0261-3077 . Retrieved 2017-12-13.