Knuckle

Knuckle

An epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveller community, KNUCKLE takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives. Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families, the story focuses on two brothers as they fight for their reputations and the honour of their family name. 3.1 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
Knuckle

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Documentary
Director Ian Palmer
Cast Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Big Jim Joyce James Quinn McDonagh
Studio Revolver Entertainment
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 96
 

An epic 12-year journey into in the world of an Irish Traveller community, KNUCKLE takes us inside their brutal, secretive and exhilarating bare-knuckle fighting lives. Chronicling a history of violent feuding between rival families, the story focuses on two brothers as they fight for their reputations and the honour of their family name.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Parkinson's

An enthralling insight into a raw, bloodied world.

15/08/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcol

The fights themselves suggest that a straight left and a right hook from the likes of any moderate professional boxer would see the lot of them lights-out on the floor.

05/08/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Perhaps there is something compelling, if crackers, about the way the Joyces, Nivens and Quinn McDonaghs keep meeting in lanes, car parks or encampments to bash each other’s faces to near-bits.

04/08/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A black comedy without the comedy.

04/08/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

The film is both a celebration of family solidarity and a criticism of the macho aggression, pointless pride and unreasoning partisanship that perpetuate bloody vendettas

07/08/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

Palmer, who compiled this material over a decade, admits to his own cumulative discomfort with what he’s been shooting, and Knuckle gains power from this unconsidered air of queasiness — you want it to stop

04/08/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Knuckle... offers more insight than the recent Big Fat Gypsy Wedding television series.

05/08/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

In its rough way, the film tells an arresting story, and it does anything but glamorise the thickheaded, macho way of life it observes.

07/08/2011

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

Palmer shows real integrity and gets incredible access, but there’s only so long you can watch people beating the hell out of each other before wanting to throw in the towel yourself.

01/08/2011

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