Private Project

Man of Arran - 20min Short

Man of Arran is a love letter to humanity from a wise man.

In step with these times and in tune with his environment: - it’s a homage to the craggy, rugged, wild Irish coastline. A gentle celebration of empathy and humility from an 82 year old swimmer pushing himself to impossible lengths in communion with nature and with compassion for a friends grief.

There are no stereotypes or cliches that chime effectively with this film but to connect with a few…

It is uplifting, inspiring and beautiful.

  • Paul McCambridge
  • Paul McCambridge
  • Maureen McCoy
    Co Producer
  • Donal Macintyre
    Executive Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Adventure, outdoors
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 GBP
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Director Biography - Paul McCambridge

Multi-Award-winning photojournalist and features photographer from Northern Ireland.
My photography has been published in newspapers and magazines nationally and internationally for 35+ years.
I diversified into filmmaking, whilst working around the Bay of Bengal, using the medium as a way to bring attention to important topics and issues that I felt needed a visual voice. I received the Simon Cumbers Fund, 2012 and 2015, for my photographic and video work on human trafficking.

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Director Statement

This project was born out of a desire to share Paddy Conaghan's story, which is as much about personal determination as it is about the breathtaking landscapes that frame it.
"Man of Arran" is a cinematic exploration of the beauty of Ireland's coastline, juxtaposed with the inner strength of an 82-year-old man who refuses to let age define him.
Embarking on an extraordinary adventure: circumnavigating Ireland, diving into winter seas, literally immersing himself in Irelands rugged coastal beauty, and promoting the cause of mental health awareness.
Through, stunning visuals, heartfelt interviews, and Paddy's captivating storytelling, I aim to transport the audience into Paddy's world and his mission.
It is with great pride and passion that I present this film as my directorial debut and production.