Mosey Murrin film screening in Stephenville this week

Published on June 11, 2014

"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.