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OFFICIAL SELECTION Sundance Film Fest
"An anthropological wonder... Knuckle largely skirts exploitation, simply by virtue of showing this conflict perpetuate itself over so many years" -NPR
"Everything about Knuckle is raw... [including] the unrestrained passion of director Ian Palmer" -Los Angeles Times
"The anger and strife its characters cannot overcome is awful, poetic and, frankly, astonishing" -NY Daily News
"At least wars are about something!" says one bemused onlooker in the course of this shrewd documentary about the bareknuckle boxing scene in the Traveller community in Ireland and England – a dogfight cult for human beings. It looks like a scene from blockbuster film Snatch - but this is real-life blood and guts fighting between two feuding gypsy families.
Knuckle is a ground breaking documentary that showcase one man's 12-year quest to infiltrate some of the most close guarded communities in Britain. Filmmaker Ian Palmer has followed the long-running grudge between the Joyce and Quinn families, a grudge that had its ostensible origin in a 1992 brawl outside a London pub between two different Traveller clan members. But is that really what it's about? Or do they just love scrapping? The families are always making provocative videos challenging each other to a fight and the combatants wind up covered in blood, but – crucially – there seems to be no permanent harm done. The loser nurses his wounds, building resentment and a desire for vengeance which leads to another challenge. Inevitably, this macho mythology serves as the foundation for another battle and the saga continues unabated.
Directed by Ian Palmer, United Kingdom/Ireland, 2011, 97 mins.