Mosey Murrin film screening in Stephenville this week

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"A Familiar Stranger,” a film about local legend Mosey Murrin will be shown Friday night in Stephenville.

The film will be the feature attraction during a night of entertainment beginning at 7 p.m at the Stephenville Arts and Culture Centre.

Shot entirely in western Newfoundland, the film tells the story about homeless man Mosey Murrin, also known as Mosey Burns. Murrin wandered the streets of Stephenville and Corner Brook for almost four decades and became a regular sight for the residents of the town.

He is fondly remembered for his wit, stories and wheelbarrow. Murrin was homeless, but many say it was a matter of choice rather than circumstance.

He lived a simple life, all the while sharing fantastic stories with all the people he'd come across.

The film, a project of College of the North Atlantic Film and Video Production, attempts to capture not just Mosey's personal journey but universal themes of homelessness and dementia.

The evening will also include a behind the scenes feature on the making of the film, personal stories from Stephenville residents who knew Mosey and live performances by local musicians.

Those attending the event are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic Film, Stephenville Arts

Geographic location: Stephenville, Stephenville.The, Newfoundland Corner Brook

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  • shar
    June 17, 2014 - 09:40

    Although I left NL in the early 60's, he was certainly a fixture there. My Mom gave him many meals when she first moved to Stephenville. We did see him over the years before he die d when we visited there again. Nice to see him remembered. My Mom actually went to see the play on Friday night and said it was quite good.

  • Jim
    June 16, 2014 - 13:55

    As a child living in Stephenville, during the 60's and 70's, I remember many times Mosey coming into Nan's house for a cup of tea. He always drank from the saucer. He actually kinda scared me. But it was only my imagination. I look forward to the film with hopefully archival footage.

  • Russ Powell
    June 13, 2014 - 10:06

    Back in the early 1980's before we switched to ENG -Electronic New Gathering - at CBC Television News in Corner Brook, film cameraman Keith Bonnell and I were driving through downtown Stephenville when Keith spotted Mosey with his wheelbarrow scrounging around on a vacant lot neat the A&W on Main Street. Keith hauled off the road, parked the van, loaded the camera, and shot a full reel of colour film of Mosey as he followed him around. Mosey carried on with what he was doing without seeming to notice he was being filmed. Keith returned to the van all excited about capturing Mosey on film. I was too, because growing up in Corner Brook I'd heard many stories of Mosey but wasn't convinced he actually existed. Kudos to CONA for making this film. I look forward to seeing it myself some time. As for the film Keith Bonnell shot that day, I can only assume the CBC archived it when it shuttered the TV/Radio station in Corner Brook.