I’d be lying if I told you I’m interested in Irish jig dancing, but in the right hands, I know a documentary on the subject could totally suck me in. I missed Sue Bourne’s ‘Jig’ at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, but it definitely received some great support from Toronto audiences, snagging a spot in the top ten audience favourites. The film looks to follow a tournament-style narrative (not unlike Spellbound, Mad Hot Ballroom, etc.) which is generally a successful format in non-fiction storytelling. Here’s the official synopsis:
JIG is the remarkable story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships, held in March 2010 in Glasgow. Three thousand dancers, their families and teachers from around the globe descend upon Glasgow for one drama filled week. Clad in wigs, make up, fake tan, diamantes and dresses costing thousands of pounds they compete for the coveted world titles. A year of incredibly hard work for just a few tense minutes on stage. This feature length documentary was given access for the very first time to the little known world of competitive Irish Dancing. With financial backing from BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland award‐winning filmmaker Sue Bourne went behind the normally closed doors of Irish Dancing and found a remarkable world. Wonderful characters of all ages from across the globe….Ireland, Holland, Britain, America and Russia. JIG discovers a world of dedication, hard work, obsession, passion. Success and failure. And astonishing talents pushed to their limits in the quest for perfection.
Jig opens this Friday, June 17th in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, and Toronto with an expansion to follow. You can find out more information at the official Jig website or follow the film on Twitter and Facebook.