Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus McPhee

Nicholas Higgins (Director)

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Hidden Gifts is a creative documentary that explores the mystery of art and mental illness. It tells the story of Angus MacPhee, "the quiet big man" from South Uist, who wove clothes from grass. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1946 Angus was taken from his island home on South Uist to Craig Dunain psychiatric hospital among the hills near Inverness in the Scottish highlands. For fifty years he spoke not a single word to any member of the hospital staff. His presence was also an absence; his secret grass weaving his only form of expression. 
[synopsis from Lansdowne Productions website at http://lansdowneproductions.co.uk/films/hidden-gifts-the-mystery-of-angus-mcphee/, last accessed 12/8/2015]
Winner Best Documentary Film Britspotting 05 Festival (Germany & Switzerland). Nominated for Royal Television Society Programme Awards (London). Official Selection XIX Parnu International Documentary & Anthropology film festival (Estonia). Official Selection Monterrey International Film Festival (Mexico). Nominated for the Royal Television Society Awards 2005.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLansdowne Productions
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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