Heartwarming Irish Christmas tale based on Frank McCourt story arrives on Netflix
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Heartwarming Irish Christmas tale based on Frank McCourt story arrives on Netflix

AN ANIMATED Christmas film based on a story by Irish author Frank McCourt has arrived on Netflix.

Angela’s Christmas is a half-hour holiday special based on the Angela’s Ashes author’s only children’s book.

Set in Limerick in 1914, the tale about the power of family was inspired by a story McCourt’s mother told him as a child.

Director and co-writer Damien O’Connor told producers Brown Bag Films: “Initially, it was a little daunting to turn the book into the film, but we had Frank’s widow Ellen McCourt on hand to guide us which was amazing, if we strayed too far from Frank’s voice when writing the dialogue she would let us know.”

The film sees Angela ‘steal’ the baby Jesus from a church crib to keep him warm and ensure everyone is safe and loved at Christmas time.

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O’Connor previously directed episodes of children’s hit Doc McStuffins, while co-writer Will Collins penned the Oscar-nominated Irish animated film Song of the Sea.

Angela’s Christmas stars Oscar nominee Ruth Negga and is up for three gongs at December’s European Animation Awards.

McCourt’s brother Malachy, the Irish-American actor, writer and politician, provides the narration.

Angela’s Christmas is available on Netflix now.