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Give Up Yer Aul Sins (2001)

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A schoolgirl, interviewed for television, tells a somewhat unconventional version of the story of John the Baptist, which we see illustrated.

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A TV crew visits a primary school. The teacher asks Mary to tell the story of John the Baptist as the crew films. John calls on folk to "give up yer aul sins." One woman refuses. John gets tossed in jail and begins to have doubts, so he asks a passer-by to find Jesus and ask if he really is God. Jesus, fishing in the sea, assures the man that He is. So the passer-by returns to the jail to give John courage. Meanwhile, the king is invited to a party, takes with him the woman John has earlier confronted, asks her to dance for him, and is so impressed he offers her anything she wants. Mary's colorful narrative, John's head, and the crew's spool of film near their end. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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17 March 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Just a small correction on the above. The voices of the children in the "Give up yer aul sins" series are real. They are taken from recordings of children in their religious studies classes made in an inner city Dublin school during the 1960s. Their teacher introduced a cassette recorder as an incentive to the children to learn the Bible stories with the suggestion that they'd be on the radio if they did a good job. The recordings were forgotten about for thirty years before being discovered again. Excerpts were played on Irish radio and touched a cord with listeners remembering a now distant Ireland. EMI secured the rights to release them on CD and eight years after that animator Cathal Gaffney together with Brown Bag films begin to animate the collection.


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