(Written for BritScene)
Irish documentary Knuckle was shown at the beginning of the year at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and after being picked up for a North American distribution, it has now been given a release date and a new US trailer.
Knuckle chronicles the epic 12-year journey into the world of an Irish gypsy community and their bare-knuckle fighting rituals. Directed by and starring Ian Palmer, the documentary focuses on two clans, the Quinns and the Joyces, who hate each other so much that they settle their disputes through beating each other up. Much like Brad Pitt’s role in Snatch, Palmer opens up the side of the Gypsy community that we rarely get to see inside of.
The documentary will be released in the US on 2nd December, but if you can’t wait that long it is already available on DVD. It was such a hit at Sundance it is also being adapted into a HBO series by Irvine Welsh, which you can read more about here.
Take a look at the trailer for this hard-hitting documentary below.