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Benefiting from a talented cast and sensitive work from director Ken Loach, Jimmy's Hall offers period drama rich with relevant sociopolitical themes. Read critic reviews

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In 1930s Ireland, political activist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) faces deportation for running a community hall for the arts.

Cast & Crew

Barry Ward
James Gralton
Sorcha Fox
MollyAisling Franciosi:Marie
Shane O'Brien
Finn
Ken Loach
Director
Paul Laverty
Screenwriter
Robbie Ryan
Cinematographer
Jonathan Morris
Film Editor
George Fenton
Original Music
Fergus Clegg
Production Design
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
Costume Designer
Stephen Daly
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  • Feb 12, 2016
    Ken Loach and socialism go together like hot crumpets and butter, nonetheless it's a very okay film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2015
    In "Jimmy's Hall," James Gralton(Barry Ward) has been living for the previous ten years in New York but not by choice. With the change of government in his native Ireland, he feels it is the right time to return. Even though it is Oonagh(Simone Kirby) who misses him the most, the central question most of the people have is whether or not he will reopen his hall. With "Jimmy's Hall," writer Paul Laverty and director Ken Loach tell a true story in engaging fashion about an incident which might at first seem truly inconsequential. However, in fact, one can see the true beginnings of Irish democracy on a grass roots level, as this is the first time that cracks are showing in the stone edifice of the Catholic Church with the people beginning to take control of their education and entertainment.(It does not hurt that Jimmy is willing to speak directly to Church representatives and ask questions.) Looking down the road, there is also the sense of how one generation inspires another which leads eventually to the landmark vote for same sex marriage in Ireland.
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  • Aug 19, 2014
    I hope this is not Loach's final film as it has been rumored, a solid drama that takes the easy way but shows in an honest manner how in all times religion has been a hindrance to knowledge and pleasure, as embodied here by Jim Norton in a strong, nuanced performance.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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