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Limerick’s Ruth Negga to Star in Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Christmas’

Limerick’s Ruth Negga to Star in Frank McCourt’s ‘Angela’s Christmas’

Limerick raised actress and Oscar nominee Ruth Negga has been signed for a new animated film based on Limerick author Frank McCourt’s final work.

McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize winning author whose ashes were scattered in Limerick last week, published the only children’s book of his career, Angela and the Baby Jesus, in 2007, and a short film is now in production in Ireland.

‘Loving’ star Negga, who grew up in Dooradoyle, has lent her voice as McCourt’s grandmother.


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McCourt’s wife Ellen said that the film is due to be released this coming Holiday Season, under the title Angela’s Christmas. She is serving as an executive producer, while his brother Malachy, the only surviving McCourt sibling, provides the narration.

“I am so thrilled to see this beloved story come to life as an animated film. Brown Bag Films’ unparalleled artistry in animation, combined with their Irish roots make them the perfect partner to tell Frank’s children’s classic in a new way,” she said.

The film being produced by CG production at two-time Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films’ Dublin based studio, with 9 Story Distribution International handling its worldwide distribution.

Set in Ireland in the early 1900s, Angela’s Christmas is described as “a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.”

Darragh O’Connell, creative director, described Angela’s Christmas as “such a special story”.

“McCourt has a way of capturing the mind of young Angela that will have you laughing and crying. The story lends itself beautifully to animation and we are so excited to share this with audiences around the world.”

Angela’s Christmas was developed with the support of the Irish Film Board.

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