Andrew Scott's period film about the only man in Ireland ever deported due to his political views, 'Jimmy's Hall,' is nearing the finish of the editing process using the old-school analog way according to the British newspaper, The Guardian, in yesterday's film news section, and the director, Ken Loach, is putting the word out that he needs some of the rare "edge number tape" which is extremely hard to find in the new digital world of film-making.
Loach, who has said 'Jimmy's Hall' will be his last feature film, has appealed to "... editors and post production houses to find a batch of film numbering tape" in order to complete the work as he will run out before the editing process is concluded. It's expected that the well-respected director will have no problem finding help from industry professionals.
Not having a simple product like edge number tape sounds like a funny issue to hold up the completion of a film, but the switch over from traditional hands-on film production of the past using machines made especially for the single purpose of editing film, to using computers that can change their purpose at the touch of a key or two today is akin to the change from silent movies to talkies in the 1920's. It was not unusual when the sudden switch to talkies occurred for a film to be scrapped after it had substantially shot footage because the actors needed to record dialogue and the expense or the talent, didn't warrant it.
The good news in this little fly in the ointment is that Loach has announced a release date for the movie.
The long-time collaborator of Loach, editor, Jonathan Morris said "he expects to have completed a cut of Jimmy’s Hall by Christmas and a fine cut by the beginning of February."
So look for Andrew Scott dancing in 'Jimmy's Hall' early in 2014.