Irish Eye on Hollywood: Angela’s Christmas

A still from Angela's Christmas.

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
January / February 2019

Just in time for Christmas, Netflix has produced a 30 minute animated movie based on a Frank McCourt’s story rooted in his memoir Angela’s Ashes. Entitled Angela’s Christmas, the sentimental cartoon may well earn its place alongside Charlie Brown’s Christmas and The Year Without a Santa Claus when it comes to future holiday favorites. Angela’s Christmas features the voice work of Irish actress and Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga (Loving), and is narrated by Malachy McCourt. The film was directed by Irishman Damien O’Connor, who recently said: “The story is ultimately about family with warmth representing love. That connected into everything – visually you have the blue and gold in almost every shot with gold representing love. As Angela moves through the story she moves from the cold blues into the warmth, eventually ending up fully basked in the gold heat of the family fire.” ♦

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