The Secret of Kells is one of the most visually arresting animated features of the past decade and easily the best Irish animation of all time. The story is set in the eighth century and gives a fictionalized account of the creation of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript still displayed in the library of Trinity College Dublin.
Made in 2009 by Irish-French-Belgian production company Cartoon Saloon, it premiered on February 2009 at the Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
It’s the luscious, involving graphic style and the use of the Celtic designs from the ancient book itself that really grabs attention. It draws you into the narrative, leading you on a celtic journey that morphs and twists like the knot work in the ancient designs.
A hidden classic and highly recommended for Celts of all nationalities.