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Jimmy's Hall 2014 12

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

Returning to Ireland from 1930s New York, Jimmy (Barry Ward) is swayed by local townsfolk to reopen his old social club, which soon becomes a hotbed of imported jazz moves and socialist discourse, much to the dismay of the local Church and establishment.

Reported in advance of its Cannes premiere as being Ken Loach’s final fiction film (although he later backtracked on this), this is no elegiac swansong from the grandee of British leftist cinema. Instead the director simply sets his stall in typically spirited style, revealing the hypocrisy of 20th-century anti-communist sentiment in refusing to tolerate even the most benign ideals of fun and fraternity.

Despite this serious undertow, Jimmy’s Hall is one of Loach’s most light-hearted films, dotted with dynamic dance scenes and the director’s customary comic touch.

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Directed by

Ken Loach


Barry Ward

Simone Kirby

Jim Norton

Francis Magee




Ken Loach Cannes Film Festival


12 Contains strong language, moderate violence




United Kingdom



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