Jimmy's Hall @the Duke Of Yorks

United Kingdom, Ireland 2014, 109 mins Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby Synopsis The true story of Jimmy Gralton’s mission to energise a rural community in 1930s Ireland by opening a dance hall is told by director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty (THE ANGELS’ SHARE, LOOKING FOR ERIC) with their trademark bittersweet vigour.
Activist Gralton’s (Ward) efforts to improve the lot of local workers were bluntly curtailed by the Church and politicians as civil war threatened their interests. But a decade later he returns from exile to care for his ailing mother and sees in the abandoned hall as a means of overcoming the grinding poverty and cultural isolation wreaked by the Depression.
Reopening it is of course a huge challenge, but he is aided by his girlfriend (Kirby) and friends, who are prepared to risk violence and intolerance because “it’s not just a building, it’s what we are.”
Contains strong language, moderate violence
Jimmy's Hall

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  • Stella K.

    Excellent period piece about rural Ireland in the 30s. Barry Ward in the lead role was magnificent. Just reminded me of my childhood and made me want to dance. Interesting that the church were in charge of the schools and yet feared education above your station more than anything else.

    June 1

    • Rosalynd

      Good to hear Stella, couldn't make Sunday but will try and see it before it disappears...

      June 2

  • Jan D.

    I went to this and missed this invite to join you ! It was a super film and I hope you all enjoyed it

    June 2

  • Stella K.

    Photo of the two leads (Simone Kirby & Barry Ward) at the Cannnes film festival

    June 1

  • Chris D.

    Managed to get a freebie preview ticket last Sunday Stella - it was very good - supposed to be Loach's last film before he retires, but he's admitted to struggling with making the decision to quit after 50 years in the biz!

    May 31

  • Tim

    Ah! Just been to see this. It's really good, you're in for a treat

    May 30

  • Stella K.

    Will meet at Circus cIrcus at 7.45 pm to start and then move to the dukes to get seats at 8.10pm

    May 30

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