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Oscar nominee calls on creative kids

Two-time Academy Award nominee and co-founder of Brown Bag Films, Darragh O’Connell, is calling on Clare pupils to embrace their artistic side and enter the 2012 Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards. The annual painting competition invites primary school pupils from Clare to unleash their talent by engaging with the competition, using only their imagination to create an individual artwork. The Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards gives youngsters the opportunity to engage with the value of their sight and learn about those children who live without it in the developing world. The winning pupil will receive prizes from the Art and Hobby Store. In addition, for the first time ever, the winning pupil’s school will also win a cash prize. Speaking about his involvement in the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards, the two-time Oscar-nominated animator and filmmaker said, “The only way to get better at something is to keep doing it and that’s the same for drawing and painting. Practise, practise, practise. Look at …

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The great escape

Argo DIRECTED BY: Ben Affleck STARRING: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin CERT: 15A Argo kicks off with a voice-over summary of Iran’s recent political history, of the events that led to the Islamic revolution. A reminder that current events in the Middle East didn’t just fall from the tree and a nice way to set up the film.

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