Ken Loach has begun shooting his new film Jimmy's Hall in Ireland, with production taking place over seven weeks in Counties Leitrim and Sligo.
Written by Paul Laverty (Looking for Eric, The Wind That Shakes the Barley), and starring Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Brían F O'Byrne and Andrew Scott, Jimmy's Hall is "freely inspired" by the real life story of Irish communist Jimmy Gralton (Ward).
His 'sin' in 1921 "was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun".
The film takes place in 1932, when Jimmy returns to Ireland from New York and re-opens the hall.
Jimmy's Hall will be released in 2014.