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Jig (PG)


Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

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The critical consensus

Though undoubtedly a work of intense research and hard work, Jig drags when it should be making you root for a winner, a sure sign of a short film stretched beyond its content.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul Dale, The List, 25/04/2011

A toe-tapping triumph for dance fans, though less so for non-converts.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 02/05/2011

Once the contest begins, though, her film’s as gripping as Spellbound and as enjoyably kitsch as Eurovision.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 04/05/2011

Like Britain’s Got Talent – but with genuine talent.

****(*)The Herald, 05/05/2011

Irish dancing documentary will have you on the edge of your seat.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 05/05/2011

It's a slick but empty film, with no real insights into the strange dedication Irish dancing inspires.

Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/05/2011

For a good 40 minutes, it's compelling stuff...once they descend on Glasgow for the competition proper, Jig loses its footing and stumbles into X-factor style pathos.

***(*)(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 05/05/2011

Surprisingly engaging and presents itself openly to a wide audience.

Giles Bidder, Little White Lies, 05/05/2011

In truth, there's something faintly disturbing in the Little Miss Sunshine sparkle of fake tans, frozen smiles and diamante-studded outfits – it's like a convention of pubertal Liberace impersonators. The dancing is, in its way, breathtaking.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 06/05/2011

Features about Jig (PG)

Reel drama hits the screens

Alison Rowat, The Herald, 28/04/2011

Sue Bourne--Lady of the dance

Claire Black, The Scotsman, 07/05/2011

Film takes a Jig into remarkable world of Irish Dancing

STV, 09/05/2011

Profile: Sue Bourne

Gail Tolley, The List, 26/05/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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