M. Eleanor McGrath is a fourth generation Canadian fascinated and drawing creatively from her Celtic heritage. Following the publication of her book, A Story to be Told (2008 The Liffey Press), Eleanor bought a camera and began making documentary films to capture unique Canadian stories. Kanata: An Irish Story was released in 2011 and licensed by Ireland’s national television broadcaster, RTE1. Her second documentary film, Alive From The Divis Flats released in 2012, screened at several festivals and in 2015 was the sole film for the Belfast City Homecoming.
Forgotten (2015) is her third documentary. It began as a quest to preserve a Toronto building at 295 George Street through a heritage request to the city and unfolded into the story of over 100,000 British Home Children who were sent to work as child labour in Canada. Forgotten is an award winning documentary, having screened at eight festivals from Los Angeles, London, Chicago, Toronto and Hamilton. Forgotten will screen at the Stratford Forum on August 20th and Hot Docs on April 12th, 2017.
From her artistic endeavours through writing, documentary film, photography and the preservation of 295 George Street, Toronto which was once the Fegan Home for the Distribution of Boys, Eleanor McGrath has established an extensive art collection of film interviews, photography of over four years of the history of 295 George Street and its inhabitants and collection of archival contacts stretching across Canada and in Ireland and Great Britain. M. Eleanor McGrath has worked as a professional fundraising for over 17 years and was an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. She and her husband raise their four children in Toronto, while being challenged by their organic farming life in Apple Hill, Ontario.