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.
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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