Give Up Yer Aul Sins

Animation, The Oscar® Collection, Children on Film
Directed by:
Cathal Gaffney
Produced by:
Darragh O'Connell, Brown Bag Films


4 mins

Give Up Yer Aul Sins humorously animates original audio recordings of Dublin schoolchildren made by their teacher Peg Cunningham in the 1960s. In the short film, a documentary crew arrives to record the activities of the classroom. The teacher chooses little Mary to retell, in her own imaginative way, the bible story of John the Baptist.

Thirty years earlier the boys and girls of children of Rutland Street National School were filmed by Father Jack Delaney.  They can be seen in the short, silent amateur film Gloucester Street.

Give Up Yer Aul Sins is part of The Oscar® Collection: A Selection of Irish Academy Award® Nominated Short Films. It was nominated for the Academy Award® for Best Short Film (Animated) in 2002. To see more from this collection, click here.

This film is also part of Children on Film. To see more from the collection, click here.

With kind permission of Brown Bag Films.

IFI recommendation: 6+