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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Lisa Hanningan lends voice to help Russian orphans

Louise Hogan

Published 29/04/2014|02:30

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Still from 'ANYA'

Singer Lisa Hannigan has lent her voice to an animated short film which is hoped will go 'viral' and raise money for orphaned Russian children.

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The Oscar-nominated Brown Bag films spent 14-months creating the four-minute film 'Anya' after visiting some of the young people in the care of charity To Russia With Love, founded by Debbie Deegan at the Hortolova Orphanage in the south-west of the country.

And director and writer Damien O'Connor said the children's own stories helped to inspire the studio to create the tale.

O'Connor explained more than 80 people in five countries had come together to help produce 'Anya', which charts 20 years in the life of a Russian orphan.

The beautiful vocals of Irish singer Lisa Hannigan – who sang on Damien Rice's hit album 'O' – feature on the short animation, with Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova narrating the tale.

"The idea was simple," said O'Connor, who said he wanted to make an animation with an "emotional punch".

"If people are charmed or moved by it, they show their appreciation by sending a donation directly to To Russia With Love.

"Unlike an advert, people are more likely to share a film online with friends or family, which of course helps spread the word about the charity. It's 'visual busking' in a way."

The filmmakers received support from within the animation industry.

"Moved by the children's plight, Infinite Studios in Singapore offered their service for free and the team in Brown Bag got behind the film 100pc," O'Connor said.

Irish Independent

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