Sue Bourne’s first feature documentary brings dance, music, grace, rhythm and wonderful stories and characters to the big screen. After months of negotiation her documentary film unit was allowed, for the first time ever, behind the normally closed doors of competitive Irish Dancing. JIG is the story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Champion- ships, held in Glasgow in spring 2010. What Bourne and her cameras discovered was a fascinating, albeit rather weird and wonderful, world that casts a spell on everyone who comes into contact with it. These days Irish dancing is a global phenomenon and JIG was filmed in the U.S.A. Europe, Russia, Scotland, England and Ireland. The documentary tells the story of a handful of the thousands of dancers – from tiny ten year olds to the best of the best – who travel to Scotland to compete for a coveted world title.
JIG is about ambition, dedication and incredible hard work. About little girls and boys who practice 364 days a year for just a few minutes on stage. About teachers who live, eat and breathe dance. About teenagers who turn their back on youthful excess for their hobby. And about families who sacrifice everything for dance.
Wigs, fake tan, make up and incredibly expensive dresses. The thrill of the contest with every form of heartbreak and joy in the climax. Remarkable dancing and remarkable stories that will make the world want to JIG!
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