For over four decades, British auteur Ken Loach has been carving out his place in cinema history, starting with “Kes” in 1969. In 2006 he took home a Palme d’Or at Cannes for “The Wind That Shakes The Barley,” a highlight in a career that has seen him loaded with honors from around the world. Last year, it was announced that the 77 year-old filmmaker was tiring of moviemaking and would be making his final feature, “Jimmy’s Hall.”
The first trailer for the film has dropped over at The Guardian, and it looks firmly in Loach’s wheelhouse of religion, drama and communities colliding. Barry Ward leads the 1920s set film playing James Gralton, a political activist who fought the Catholic church’s restriction of free speech in 1920s Ireland. In an additional 9-minute behind-the-scenes featurette you can learn more about the true story with an interview with screenwriter Paul Laverty. We’ve also got a few images from the movie as well.
“Jimmy’s Hall” opens in the U.K. on May 30th and we wouldn’t be surprised if this makes it into the Cannes Film Festival lineup too.