The Image You Missed


Donal Foreman, Ireland, France, USA, 2018, 73’

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig’s decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Drawing on over 30 years of unique and never-seen-before imagery, The Image You Missed is a documentary film that weaves together a history of the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ with the story of a son’s search for his father. In the process, the film creates a candid encounter between two filmmakers born into different political moments, revealing their contrasting experiences of Irish nationalism, the role of images in social struggle, and the competing claims of personal and political responsibility.

Please see note on parental guidance below


Donal Foreman is an Irish filmmaker living in New York City. He has been making films since he was 11. Since then, he has written and directed two feature films and over 50 shorts, retrospectives of which have been curated by the Irish Film Institute and Cork Film Center. At age 17, he won the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year. More recently, he has been nominated for the Rising Star award at the IFTAs and awarded the Discovery Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle and the Grand Prize of the Avant-Garde Competition at BAFICI.

Director: Donal Foreman 

Producer: Donal Foreman, Nicole Brenez, Philippe Grandrieux

Camera: Donal Foreman, Arthur MacCaig

Editor: Donal Foreman

Sound: Andrew Kirwan

Music: Ohal Grietzer, Michael Buckley, Christopher Colm Morrin



Friday 20th July, 3.00pm, The Adam Room (Q&A)

TEENAGE DREAMS EVENT – Friday 20th, July

This film is part of the ‘Teenage Dreams’ event happening at Guth Gafa. This screening is completely free to all teenagers, however booking in advance is required. You can book your Teenage Dreams tickets through the ‘Book Your Tickets Online Now’ tab on our menu bar to any of the 4 Teenage Dreams films in this years’ programme.


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Parental Guidance Note

These films have been deemed appropriate by the Guth Gafa Programming Team as suitable for children 12 and over. However, parental discretion is always advise and we ask parents to consider the film synopsis and watch the film trailer before purchasing tickets.