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From award-winning British director Ken Loach comes “Jimmy’s Hall” – the story of a man who defies authority to bring a small Irish community identity and hope.
In 1932, after ten years in the United States, Jimmy Gralton returns to his native Ireland to help his mother run the family farm. A new government is in power in Ireland ten years after the end of the Civil War. To meet the needs of the young people of County Leitrim, Jimmy, in spite of his reluctance to cause upset to his old enemies (the Church and the local landowners), decides to reopen the “Hall”, a young people’s centre, free and open to all, where the local young people meet to dance, study or talk. Success comes quickly, but the growing influence of Jimmy and his radical ideas are not to the taste of everyone in the village.
Nominated for the Palm d’Or, this fantastic film features a stellar cast, including Barry Ward as Jimmy, and Andrew Scott as Father Seamus, the disapproving local priest (Fans of “Sherlock” will recognise Andrew Scott as Moriarty from the series).
It was also based on a true story: Jimmy Gralton was an Irish communist leader, and remains the only Irish citizen ever deported from Ireland.
You’re sure to love this intimate, engaging drama.
Love Ken Loach’s work? Check out another of his films, “The Angel’s Share“, here.