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Oscar Nom Leads to Success for Brown Bag

An Oscar nomination has indeed transferred into real business for Ireland's Darragh O'Connell and Cathal Gaffney of Brown Bag Films. Give Up Yer Aul Sins came out of nowhere it seemed to capture the Academy's heart last yearby this year it has transformed itself into a phenomena. Article includes QuickTime movie clips.

Darragh O'Connell shared producing and directing duties on both the short film and series of Give Up Yer Aul Sins. Photographer credit: Paul McCarthy.

How did Ireland's Darragh O'Connell and Cathal Gaffney come from relative obscurity to having three series, ranging from pre-school to adult, in international distribution? While an Oscar nomination is not the sole cause, it sure helped. In 2002, the Oscar nominating committee and festival audiences around the world fell in love with a little girl reciting her version of the story of John the Baptist. Now, this short has turned into a series and O'Connell and Gaffney's Brown Bag Films is very busy indeed.

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