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What’s it about:

Set in 9th century Ireland, the film opens in the fortified Kells Abbey, whose outer walls provide the last line of defence against the omnipresent danger of invasion by the Vikings, while also acting as a frustrating limit to the playground of our hero, a twelve-year-old boy named Brendan (Evan McGuire). His uncle, the stern, forbidding Abbott Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) rules the abbey with an iron rod but despite this, young Brendan finds a new source of fun and friendship with Brother Aidan (Mick Lally) and his motley crew of illuminators who work on the abbey’s greatest treasure The Book of Kells. They show him the beauty of art, which stimulates his creativity and fantasy. As the constant threat of invasion hangs over the monks, young Brendan, emboldened by the passion of the illuminators, ventures outside the walls of his childhood prison and finds inspiration and danger in equal measures


When is it in cinemas?

March 6th, 2009

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