JIMMY’S HALL is an upcoming drama film directed by British legendary filmmaker Ken Loach and written by his regular collaborator Paul Laverty (The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Kes, Sweet Sixteen, Looking for Eric, The Angels’ Share).
The film, which is rumoured to be Loach’s last feature, features Barry Ward in the title role and Simone Kirby plays the female lead. The ensemble includes Jim Norton, Brían O’Byrne, Andrew Scott, Sorcha Fox, Aisling Franciosi, Karl Geary, Denise Gough, Aileen Henry, Seamus Hughes, Martin Lucey, Francis Magee, Conor McDermottroe, Mikel Murfi, and Shane O’Brien.
Ward played James Gralton, the political activist who challenged the Catholic church’s restriction of free speech in 1920s Ireland. Gralton, a communist, was faced with violent protests from the church for running a dance hall where he shared his political views.