How do you resolve a long running family feud? By brutal bare knuckled fist fights, of course. At least you do if you’re the Joyce and Quinn McDonaghs families. The Irish travelers, who are all inter-related, have been fighting for so long that they no longer can agree quite how the animosity started. Director Ian Palmer follows the families over a decade, trying to understand their antagonism. Generations of men exchange taunting, abusive videos, then meet up regularly on quiet Irish lanes to punch the shit out of each other, moderated by mild mannered impartial Irish elders. Charismatic James McDonagh swears that every fight is his last – but can’t seem to turn down the sizeable purse which comes with each win. As the years pass, and young innocent boys are trained to carry on the fights, Palmer realises that he himself is uncomfortably attracted to the violence.
"Impressively and compulsively shot, Ian Palmer’s film is a fascinating glimpse into a world kept usually very private and certainly just within the Travelling community."
By Mark Adams, screendaily.com
- Official Website:
- Sundance Film Festival 2011, TrueFalse Film Festival 2011, Hot Docs 2011
- Michael Doyle
- Executive Producer:
- Alan Maher, Nick Fraser
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