In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to establish a community hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but also to dance and have fun. After a decade of exile in the United States, Jimmy returns, in 1932, to help his mother run the family farm. Prompted to re-open the old hall, which quickly becomes a magnet for younger members of the community, Jimmy soon finds himself once more on a collision course with local landowners and the Catholic Church.
"Ken Loach has taken a despicable episode of modern Irish history – the 1933 deportation without trial of one of its own citizens, James Gralton – and made a surprisingly lovely, heartfelt film from it." - Variety
5 Oct + 8 Oct
Directed by Ken Loach (Kes, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) and selected to screen in competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Jimmy’s Hall is freely inspired by the life and turbulent times of Jimmy Gralton – played in Loach’s film by Barry Ward – an Irish freethinker who fell foul of repressive clerical and political forces in his native County Leitrim.