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Ken Loach



Screening room

Status: Completed

Director(s): Ken Loach

Main cast: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott

Short synopsis : 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. 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. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns to Co. Leitrim from the US to look after his mother and vows to live the quiet life. The hall stands abandoned and empty, and despite the pleas of the local youngsters, remains shut. However as Jimmy reintegrates into the community and sees the poverty, and growing cultural oppression, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He makes the decision to reopen the hall in the face of what they may bring…


  • Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott, Jim Norton, Brían F. O'Byrne, Shane Cullen


  • Producer(s): Rebecca O'Brien
  • Director(s): Ken Loach
  • Screenplay: Paul Laverty, Donal O'Kelly
  • DP: Robbie Ryan
  • Editing: Jonathan Morris
  • Original Music: George Fenton
  • Set Design: Fergus Clegg
  • Genre(s): Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production date: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 108 min
  • Image Ratio: 1.85
  • Sound Info: Dolby Digital
  • Festival de Cannes 2014 - Competition
  • Moscow International Film Festival 2014
  • Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2014
  • Festival do Rio 2014
  • Busan International Film Festival 2014
  • Mumbai Film Festival 2014
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2014
  • Goa - International Film Festival of India 2014
  • Ventana Sur - European Film Week 2014