2014, UK-France, 110’, Color, English
Director: Ken Loach
Cast: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott, Jim Norton, Brian F. O’Byrne, Stella McGirl, Sorcha Fox, Martin Lucey
New film by master director Ken Loach.
An activist’s fight for justice and freedom through art.
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. 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 ee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Co. Leitrim from the US to look a er his mother and vows to live the quiet life. e 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…