Loach's latest and possibly his last feature film 'JIMMY'S HALL' is also up for this year's Palme d'Or.
I was going to be in Ireland on a genealogy tour of Wexford so I first took the train from Dublin to Carrick-On-Shannon where Anna Porter (who took photos for our video on Manhattan's Irish Immigrant PJ Clarke for me) picked me up at the station as we had a couple of days before visiting the set. (See my interview/video below).
|Screenwriter Paul Laverty and|
Producer Rebeca O'Brien
you only have to look at the comments on TheWildGeese.com article to see the kind of reactions his statements create.
In the 'Spirit of 45' documentary, Loach said, that "my whole career has been going up against those who have control over the distribution of his films and are the guardians of the nation's politics and the media's pro-government agenda of political censorship in England and Ireland."
I believe their treatment of and approach to a story is closer to the truth of the times because of their simple style, closer than most filmmakers would have the patience or courage to attempt. I love these guys!
They were asking him to appear with them when they take on the Earl of Kingston for evicting a family from its holding. The discussion was about the risks involved and the tough choice of having to pick Jimmy's battles. The first takes of the scene played out straightforwardly, then Loach had the actors add their own overlays to portray a genuinely heated discussion. Many takes later the scene became emotionally explosive and powerful and yet still adhered to the script. It was a thrilling process for me to watch unfold. I asked Paul about their style of filmmaking and how he thought Jimmy would react to the condition in Ireland today.
Gralton was extremely well respected in Leitrim, especially for his support of the tenants over the landlords and 'land grabbers.' The outrage at Gralton's treatment by the Church and government still lingers, so there are those who worry that the film will not do the man justice. I can say that although I only witnessed one scene, I felt it was a perfect marriage of Sixteen Films, the courage of James Gralton and the Leitrim people who banded together in this little corner of Ireland to continue the Easter Rising's struggle for basic human rights.
I wish there were more companies like Sixteen Films, which, to me, harken back to a time of storytelling when the aim was to enlighten not manipulate, degrade and create devolution of the human mind and spirit. We shall see if Loach et al live up to everyone's expectations when the film is released. Here is the trailer enjoy!