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6th December, 2018
Directed by Ken Loach
Followed by Q&A with producer Rebecca O’Brien
During the 1930’s Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to County Leitrim in Ireland, after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he dares to re-open the local dance hall which had led to his deportation years earlier. This powerful drama tells the true story of Gralton, whose sin was to, in 1921, 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 speak Irish, to debate, to argue, to dream of a new Ireland, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, it’s socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who regarded it as a threat, which had to be tackled with terrible force and harrowing consequences.
This film which so beautifully depicts the movement, energy and joy of the young free spirited dancers, in contrast with the inflexible, mean-spirited demeanour of the priest and the politicians – is brought to the screen by the award winning film director KEN LOACH, who also directed ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’.
JIMMY’S HALL won numerous awards including at Cannes, ‘Palme dOr – Best Director’ ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Actor’ ‘Best Actress’ ‘Best Costume Designer’: Winner of ‘Best Political Film’ – USA: ‘Turia Awards – Best Foreign Film’.
Director KEN LOACH
Starring Barry Ward, Aileen Henry, Francis Magee, Jim Norton, Denis Gough
Scriptwriter PAUL LAVERTY
Story DONAL O KELLY
Producers KEN LOACH REBECCA O BRIEN
Year 2014 Country Ireland/ UK/ France
Cert: 12+ (PG 13)
About Rebecca O’Brien
Rebecca O’Brien, a BAFTA winning Film Producer. In 2002, O’Brien, together with Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty, formed the production company Sixteen Films. The trio received an “outstanding contribution” award from BAFTA Scotland in November 2016.
Rebecca O Brien was Co-Producer on Loach’s Hidden Agenda (1990) sole producer on his Land and Freedom (1995) Co-Producer on Jimmy’s Hall(2014) and on many of his subsequent films, two of which, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Laverty, Loach and O’Brien won the 2017 BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film, for I, Daniel Blake.
Her early cinema work includes My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), on which she was location manager, and Bean (1997), which she co-produced.She served as a member of the board of the UK Film Council. She is a board member of PACT, the trade body for independent film production companies in the United Kingdom and of the European Film Academy. She is also a member of The British Screen Advisory Council.