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by Pearse Elliott


From the moment 14-year old Donal sets eyes on the fawn greyhound, he knows he's onto a winner. Donal works at a kennels and convinces his boss that he can turn the dog into "a ball of speed" — and if he wins three races, then the dog belongs to Donal! As he trains him, the bond between them grows, just like the bond between his mother and estranged father, who has returned home after many years away. All Donal wants is to keep the dog and restore family life, but he learns that he must make a huge sacrifice on the way.

international title: The Mighty Celt
original title: The Mighty Celt
country: Ireland
sales agent: The Works International
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Pearse Elliott
film run: 84'
release date: UK 26/08/2005
screenplay: Pearse Elliott
cast: Tyrone McKenna, Gillian Anderson, Robert Carlyle, Ken Stott, Sean McGinley
cinematography by: Seamus Deasy
film editing: Dermot Diskin
art director: Tom McCullagh
costumes designer: Hazel Webb-Crozier
music: Adrian Johnston
producer: Paddy Breathnach, Paddy Mcdonald, Robert Walpole
production: Treasure Entertainment, Greenpark Films (IE)
backing: BBC Films, The Irish Film Board, Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission
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