Today Andrew Scott resumed shooting his role in director Ken Loach's film about Irish Communist sympathizer, Jimmy Gralton, in the counties of Sligo and Leitrim in Ireland. The film, 'Jimmy's Hall' is set in 1932 and Scott will shoot through the end of the month when the film will wrap. The movie has continued to shoot in his absence and has generated lots of buzz at the locations. Not only because a big film crew has built a dance hall to shoot in on a rural road, but also because they are employing local people who have never acted before for some key roles.
Scott took a break from the shoot to attend the Toronto International Film Festival all this week where he promoted his other Irish film, 'The Stag.' So far, a couple of reviews have concluded that it was funny, pleasant, but rather predictable for the most part, although quite enjoyable. The review from The Hollywood Reporter covers most of the story, but oddly doesn't say much about Scott's performance, though his character is central to the plot.
The part Scott plays in 'Jimmy's Hall' has not yet been revealed. I contacted the producer and longtime collaborator of Loach's, Rebecca O'Brien, to ask if she could shed some light on his name, and she replied,
"Gail, at this stage as the script is not publicly available it’s irrelevant what role Andrew is playing."
I then said I was curious that no other characters' names were listed on the IMDb.com page except for Barry Ward as Jimmy. Ms. O'Brien said,
"Yes, that's right! We don't like to reveal stuff until it's relevant. We haven't put anything up on imdb ourselves yet - there's plenty of time for that."
She mentioned in an article in Irish media that most of the shooting is taking place in Dromahair, where they built the dance hall. There are some big scenes involving traditional Irish dancing of the period, which is a bit different from the traditional Irish dancing that is performed now. They have some jazz dancing, as well, which sounds very interesting.
Andrew Scott will be dancing in the traditional Irish way according to the Irish Mirror newspaper who interviewed his choreographer on the film, Edwina Guckian, "... a primary school teacher and a dance teacher and she’s currently working as a choreographer on the new Ken Loach film Jimmy’s Hall, teaching the likes of Andrew Scott how to dance." Can't wait to see that!