Its uneasy juxtaposition of vigorous, political and religious reasoning played against a sentimentalised soundtrack set to strum your heart strings won’t strike a chord with everyone. Jimmy's political alignment is central to the film, he suffers for being a free-thinker and committed to the liberation of ordinary people through education and also by having experience from America of jazz (the rhythms and passions of "darkest Africa" are warned against in one church sermon warning of the perils of the "Hall"). Something the Church, and others in favour of a Catholic Ireland, are not prepared to tolerate. The 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. Where Jim Norton and Andrew Scott’s Catholic priests in the original film were impassioned men driven by a blind integrity, here priests have become uncomplicated villains. Jimmy's Hall is a 2014 Irish-French-British drama film directed by Ken Loach. Bosco Hogan as Fr Sheridan and Richard Clements as Jimmy, the duelling consciences at the centre of it all, both turn in solid performances. For more information, visit The Abbey Theatre, 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“Jimmy’s Hall” might try a little too hard in places, but Irish history can be a complicated mess, especially when you throw in religion and politics. In 1932, after ten years in the United States, Jimmy Gralton returns to his native Ireland to help his mother run the family farm. But it's a good mess for the most part. The behaviour of the state's police is shown and explained to be occurring at a time when Stalin was in full control of the Soviet Union and the state and church are fearful of forces that threaten to destroy them. It is clear throughout the film that Jimmy and his mother are not aligned to any struggle above and beyond the necessities of their local community; however, this does bring them into involvement with attempting to prevent an eviction of a family who are displaced from their home. Recorded at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio!The album releases on August 28th. Ken Loach’s final fiction film is a spirited account of a 1930s Irish social club that becomes a bastion of jazz and free-thinking, angering the Church. In 1921, Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland on the brink of Civil War. Loach’s matter-of-factness as both a person and an artist is reflected in the reality that, for better or worse, there’s nothing about “Jimmy’s Hall” that suggests a swan song or a grand summation. but above all to dance and have fun. In the end, reopening the hall proves to be something of a pyrrhic victory, the cost of which sees Gralton unjustly deported because of his American passport. Jimmy’s Hall - Abbey Theatre - Review by Frank L. Adapted from Paul Laverty’s film script by Graham McClaren Review is from 22 July 2017 in Carrick-On-Shannon in Leitrim - The Sports Complex of Carrick-On-Shannon Community School Abbey Theatre - From Saturday, 29 July 2017 - To Saturday, 19 August 2017 Photography: Ros Kavanagh The… IP9 2AR Phone: 01473604206 Inequality for women, evictions and homelessness, the robbed future of a young generation with little or no hope of getting on the property ladder, are just some of contemporary relevance being brought to the forefront. Consequently, McLaren’s “Jimmy’s Hall” was bound to be something of a mess. Young people could come to the hall to learn, to argue, to dream . That said, there’s a sense with “Jimmy’s Hall” that McLaren is trying to get the measure of our dreams. Too often characters lose much of their complexity and feel like mouthpieces for a position. Play areas for kids of all ages! [4], In 2017, Dublin′s Abbey Theatre presented a musical adaptation of the film. Watch the movie trailer Jimmy's Hall. ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ review: Movement presented as political dissent Jimmy Gralton was infamously deported from his own country for giving his community a space for dancing and revolutionary ideas. This starts a chain of events which ends in Jimmy's expulsion from Ireland based on the flimsy premise that he holds a US passport and that political agitators have previously been expelled from the country on such grounds. Animals. The title refers to a rural dance hall built by Gralton in his home town Effrinagh. It is this tension between the ideals of Christianity and the fear of the church and its natural tendency to be reactionary that is the central issue that the film explores. It stars Irish actor Barry Ward, along with Simone Kirby, Jim Norton and Denise Gough. N/A 2013 82m. Do you have some energy to burn off or want something energetic and active? The film tells the story of the deportation to the United States in 1933 of Jimmy Gralton, who led the Revolutionary Workers' Group, a precursor of the Irish Communist Party, in Leitrim. 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. play_arrow. While Laverty’s script compensated for overt political debate with rich humour and characterisations, making it extremely accessible even for those of a non-political nature, McLaren’s adaptation is less successful in this regard. but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy’s Hall is on until 19 August 2017 at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Jimmy was deported from 1920s Ireland after leading workers to fight against the totalitarian edicts of the Catholic Church. The power and hypocrisy of the church is demonised in the film by aligning it to the beating by her father of a free spirited young girl who laughs at the priest while she is named and shamed for attending a dance at the Hall in a church service. 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. Something the rousing home crowd enjoyed immensely, as the local Leitrim legend again gave voice to the hopes and fears of a new generation. Trico Tri Happy Halloween. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[2]. Success comes quickly, but the growing influence of Jimmy and his radical ideas are not to the taste of everyone in the village. You may also like. A veteran of the original movie, Donal O’Kelly as O’Keefe is stunningly good during a venom filled conversation with Jimmy which gets to the core of the play with an economy not always found elsewhere. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation. McLaren goes a long way to addressing this with some stellar casting. Watch trailer Rent for £3.50. Something some will see as a damning metaphor for Communism, as well as Catholicism. A local community hall run by, and for, the community, where people meet, socialise, learn, and work together following Communist principles. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue … For Jimmy is doing the devil’s work, and the devil has all the best songs and dance moves, guaranteed to lure the innocent into temptation. play_arrow. 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