The Funeral Director (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 22m

After the film, SCROLL DOWN to watch an exclusive Q&A with director Gillian Marsh, and David McGowan.

This Director’s Cut of Gillian Marsh’s portrait of David McGowan, a Sligo funeral director, confronts the business of death, and how it is ritualised within Irish society, where we are known to grieve better than anyone else. With unprecedented access to the procedures, science and etiquette of the funeral director, we follow David as he shares frequently profound perspectives on death and bereavement. The gravity of his day job is relieved by a remarkable friendship with a soon-to-be client and by an eccentric hobby involving glamping and 747s. This life-affirming story, full of empathy, humour, and unexpected revelation demystifies the fate that awaits us all.


Gillian Marsh


Gillian Marsh


Gretta Ohle



Bonus Content

30 mins
IFI Documentary Festival 2020 Q&A with director Gillian Marsh, and David McGowan

IFI Head of Irish Film Programming Sunniva O’Flynn speaks to Gillian Marsh, director of The Funeral Director, screening as part of this year’s IFI Documentary Festival, and David McGowan, the Sligo and Mayo-based funeral director.

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