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