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Bird’s ‘Care’ takes Celtic fest honor

'Primetime' takes a jury award

TRURO, England — Antonia Bird took the feature drama prize for her Welsh child-abuse telepic “Care” at the 22nd Celtic Film and Television Festival, held March 28-31 in Truro, Cornwall.

The four-day fest, which is held on a rotating basis in the six competing Celtic countries or regions — Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man — awards prizes for film, television, radio and new-media projects.

Irish current affairs program “Primetime” took a jury award; the Panorama Wales team behind “The Power to Abuse” received a current affairs prize; and Shimmy Marcus received the documentary feature nod for “Aidan Walsh — Master of the Universe,” a portrait of an eccentric Irish character.

Gala screenings included Karl Francis’ “One of the Hollywood Ten,” with Jeff Goldblum playing blacklisted helmer Herbert Biberman.

Fest also featured a special tribute to scribe Jimmy McGovern, whose script for Stephen Frears’ feature “Liam” comes after a long string of TV successes, including the acclaimed series “Cracker.”

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