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Sean Hillen in his Dublin Studio. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/Newry.ie
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A documentary about Newry artist Sean Hillen is screening for the first time tonight, 4 November on RTE One at 10.15pm.

Tomorrow is Saturday is an intimate portrait of his life and work and touches on his growing up in Newry. The Documentary has already toured various film festivals and has been shown as far away as Australia.

Diagnosed in his late 50s with Aspergers, Hillen has reached a point where he finds it almost impossible to work in his tiny terraced house packed with junk, unfinished art and boxes of memories.

As he awaits the arrival of his beloved Amy, an American woman with whom he communicates daily but has never met, he embarks on a process of decluttering which unearths memories of an idyllic Newry childhood, a photography career cut short by censorship, and the evolution of a unique photomontage style that is infused with political satire.

Behind a heavy metal door in a tiny Dublin terrace, Seán’s home is a chaotic floor to ceiling jumble of bric-a-brac, plastic boxes filled with defunct electronics, junk, unfinished artwork, photographs, magazines, leaflets and postcards – the unruly legacy of a lifetime’s collecting.

Diagnosed with Aspergers late in life, Seán’s surroundings mirror both his trademark collage artwork and his mental state. Here he lives, sleeping on an unusable sofa bed with barely enough space to move, a shrine on the wall to Amy – his American paramour, with whom he communicates online but has so far never met.

As he awaits Amy’s imminent arrival, Seán recounts his life to date in vivid detail, starting with his memories of an idyllic home life and adoring parents captured in home movies, set against the dystopic backdrop of the Troubles. At age 17, he began to document what he saw, photographing images considered at that time to be too stark and raw for publication. Bitterly disappointed, he threw the negatives into a plastic bag where they remained for over a decade before being resurrected for an exhibition in the National Library of Ireland.

This collection – ‘Melancholy Witness’ – is a valuable record of a time that Ireland has struggled to come to terms with. Now, we bring this body of work to a new generation for whom the Troubles that shaped this island have had little relevance.

Since his time at art college in London, Seán has exhibited widely in museums and galleries north and south of the border. As a complex and subversive social commentator, his compulsion to ‘fix the world through art’ would lead to IRELANTIS (1994-1997) – a playful photomontage series using John Hind postcards to poke fun at Irish mythology.

Seán has amassed an incredible record of Irish life; 30 years of living history is scattered on the floor, strewn across chairs, jostling for space on tables. But even he admits that things have come to a head. As the date of Amy’s arrival draws closer, he embarks on a massive declutter with the support of friends, attempting to bring order to his life. But as he unearths 30 years of memories, he remains hamstrung by his inability to let go.

The Documentary is from Mayo based GMarshTV Productions.
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