Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall' to screen at Cannes
Published 19/04/2014 | 02:30
Irish film 'Jimmy's Hall' has been selected to premiere at the prestigious 67th Cannes Film Festival next month.
Both men have won the Palme d'Or in the past: Leigh for 'Secrets and Lies' and Loach for 2006 film 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley'.
Based on a play by Donal O'Kelly, 'Jimmy's Hall' tells the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton.
Gralton built a dance hall on a cross roads in Ireland in 1921, before decamping to New York for close to a decade.
Loach has said 'Jimmy's Hall' will be his final foray into feature films although he will continue to work on documentaries.
The film boasts an impressive supporting cast including 'Love/ Hate' actor Brian F O'Byrne, Jim Norton – who played the part of Bishop Brennan in popular series 'Father Ted' – and Andrew Scott, who played Moriarty in 'Sherlock'.
James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board, said being selected for the May festival was a massive boost for the Irish film industry's profile on a global scale.
Deirdre O'Kane and her husband Stephen Bradley are bringing their film 'Noble' about the life and work of charity campaigner Christina Noble to 'Le Marche Du Film' which runs alongside the festival.
Bradley hopes to secure international distribution rights for the film at the market.
The film stars Deirdre O'Kane, Mark Huberman, Sarah Greene and Ruth Negga.