21 May 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Church and community clash in Ken Loach’s period drama Jimmy's Hall. Set in '20s and '30s Ireland, it stars a charismatic Barry Ward as real-life Irish communist leader Jimmy Gralton. We first meet Jimmy as the returning local hero, back from a decade’s exile in the States and enjoying modest celebrity status in his small town, what with his newly sophisticated ways and his possession of a record player. It transpires that Jimmy was forced on the run after angering the religious powers that be. His sin? Building a village hall that encouraged dancing, art and other things considered dangerously communist.Reluctantly agreeing to rebuild the hall, Jimmy finds himself clashing with the bible-bashing Father Sheridan (Jim Norton), who is prone to preaching against the sins of dancing and the inevitable fornication that follows in a pulpit scene that feels awfully familiar... Yep, Footloose. (Now there »


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