In 1933 Jim Gralton became the only Irishman to be ever to be deported by an Irish Government for his alleged communist activities. Jimmy Gralton was politically active during the War of Independence and, in the 1920s, erected a meeting hall on his parents’ land the Pearse-Connolly Hall in honour of the Socialist and Republican leaders of 1916. Following his deportation Gralton lived out the rest of his life in the US, running as a candidate for the Communist Party in the Borough elections in Manhattan before his death in New York in 1945.
Jim Gralton will be the subject of a new movie called Jimmy Hall, directed by Ken Loach who previously made the successful ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ in West Cork winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
It will be produced by Rebecca O’Brien and written by Paul Laverty. Partners of the Sixteen Films production include Why Not, Wild Bunch, Element Pictures and the Irish Film Board and Film 4, The film is set to shoot in the Sligo Leitrim area in August and September.
U.K. Casting Agent is Kahleen Crawford she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
In recent years rather than confront the rather ridiculous crewing policies set down for Irish construction unions and threats of unofficial pickets, Screen Producers Ireland has agreed to some bizarre deals when it comes to crewing. On Ken Loach’s previous production, construction workers worked 4 days (under a UK manager) with an additional 2 days’ pay to travel to between Cork and Dublin, even though they were receiving a per diem in West Cork. On Jimmy Hall Ken Loach will bring a UK construction manager to oversee the set build and Irish crew. It is my understanding that the production has agreed to also employ an Irish construction manager who will shadow the UK manager. With films receiving the support of the taxpayer through the support of The Irish Film board, there needs to be greater scrutiny and transparency of how this money is actually spent on productions. There have been no unofficial stoppages by construction crews in recent years however the price paid for this peace is escalating and making Irish film production less attractive to overseas producers.
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