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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Barry Ward
Simone Kirby
Jim Norton
Andrew Scott
Directors
Ken Loach
Screenwriters
Paul Laverty
Running Time
109 minutes

Jimmy's Hall
When Irish eyes are politically active


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Plot
County Leitrim, 1932. Returning from New York, communist activist James Gralton (Ward) is convinced to rebuild his community hall as a centre for art, jazz dancing and political debate. Yet its popularity begins to catch the attention of the ruling classes and the Catholic Church, who see it as a breeding ground for dissent.


Verdict
A fascinating episode in Irish history, full of warm human moments but perhaps missing the vim and vigour of Loach’s best.


Reviewed by Ian Freer

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