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"...to win, they must be foot perfect!"

Jig is a documentary film about the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships that took place in Glasgow in March 2010. The film is produced and directed by Sue Bourne, who received financial aid from BBC Scotland to make the film. The film focuses on the participants of the Irish Dancing World Championships. Consisting of over three thousand competitors, their teachers, and families, the Championship is a bustling smorgasbord of dedication, can-do attitude and sometimes even obsession. The participants spend thousands and thousands of dollars on costumes, hair, accessories, and even fake tans.

The film was a commercial flop, with audience and critics alike not sure what to make of the film. A complaint from fans was the fact that the documentary focused on the extreme groups of participants, such as the youngest, or oldest, or the elusive group of boys that often do not participate as it is considered a female sport. Others noted that while the dancing competition itself was covered extensively, the history, culture and origins of the dance were left out of the picture. On the other side of the spectrum, fans compared it to Spellbound and appreciated the inside look at a world of dancing that they would otherwise never get to see.

Critics often described it as boring and uninspiring, stating that while Bourne gets excellent shots of the actual dancing, the film is hard to follow as no background information on the participants is provided, and the criteria of the judges is never properly explained to the audience. A high point for the critics was the soundtrack, which was written by Academy Award-nominated English composer Patrick Doyle, famous for his work on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as Planet of the Apes.

PG
| 2011 | 1 hr 39 min | 6.7/10 | 53/100
Cast
Joe Bitter, John Carey, Suzanne Coyle, Claire Greaney
Studio
BBC Scotland, Creative Scotland, Head Gear Films
Director
Sue Bourne
Language
English
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