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GIBSONS November 30 | SECHELT December 6

Jimmy's Hall

UK/Ireland/France 2014, 109 min, drama.
Director: Ken Loach

Photo still from 'Jimmy's Hall'

"The latest activist drama from the elder statesman of British political cinema is a heartfelt portrait of ideological warfare in 1930s Ireland.” — Scott Foundas, Variety

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to County Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut. However as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may bring...

A new work from Ken Loach, director of more-than 50 films including award-winners The Wind That Shakes the Barley and The Angel's Share.

"The movie is at its best when it simply expounds an idealism, with its own distinctive frankness. There is a wonderful sequence in which people just sit in a circle in Jimmy's hall for a sort of practical criticism session: they discuss WB Yeats's poem The Song of the Wandering Aengus, and talk about what it means to them." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Still from 'Jimmy's Hall'

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Reviews

Cannes Film Review: 'Jimmy’s Hall’.. Review in Varietyby Scott Foundas, May 22, 2014.

‘Jimmy’s Hall’ Pits the Church Against a Populist Gathering Place. Stephen Holden, in The New York Times, July 2, 2015.

 

'Jimmy's Hall' poster


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