Wednesday, September 30, 2009

GIVE UP YER AUL SINS - Birth of John the Baptist

This series, GIVE UP YER AUL SINS, including the original Oscar-nominated short, from Brown Bag Films is based upon the 1960s recordings of young children telling Bible stories in a classroom to their schoolteacher. When a film crew arrives at an inner city Dublin National School to record the children, the result is a warm, funny and spontaneous animated documentary, featuring young children telling the story of John the Baptist, The birth of Jesus, the Crucifixion, Saint Patrick and others.

"And so she brought food with her thatd do her for de three days walking. And.. cause she knew there were no bikes or nuthin.. so she got outside and it was father than Oliver Plunketts head. Farther than the whole Excursion." 
Oliver Plunkett's head is on display in Drogheda about 30 miles from Dublin. How clever that this student equated Mary's journey being farther than the journey taken to see Oliver Plunkett's head . . . . a bright child's mind at work!

An interesting aside from the comments @ YouTube:
A viewer noted that "I didn't realize how similar Irish and Jamaican accents are. Some of those pronunciations were straight Jamaican!"

A very interesting response:
There's a reason for that . . . . .  50,000 Irish men, women and children were taken as slaves by the British under Oliver Cromwell to the Caribbean, predating the African slave trade.
70% of Montserrat was composed of Irish slaves until Africans arrived, after which the two inter-married or were bred together. So there is significant Irish influence in the Carribean!

GIVE UP YER AUL SINS combines simple humor with clever animation to create films with a timeless quality and appeal to a family audience. GIVE UP YER AUL SINS has screened in almost 50 film festivals, including:

  • The Galway Film Fleadh (where it won Best Animation)
  • Cork Film Festival (Best Irish and Best International Animation)
  • Cartoons on Bay (Special Award for Original Idea)
  • NewYork Comedy Festival, Boston Irish Film Festival
  • Aspen Film Festival and
  • Cannes Film Festival

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