Gypsy Blood

Documentary | GB 2012 | 50' | OV

Hughie Doherty tells his son that if he loses a fight, daddy would first beat him and only then hit his opponent. The son addressed here is seven years old and an impressively steadfast fighter at this early age, as evidenced by horrific images in Leo Maguire’s GYPSY BLOOD. The documentary follows two families of Irish Travellers (or Pavee, by their proper name) who live by archaic rules. Men still hunt and fight in this world, they cherish their honor above their lives – at least so they keep saying. In the harsh day-to-day lives of the Travellers, Maguire also manages to find poetic moments. Again and again, however, the lives of the caravaning nomads are upset by violence. One protagonist is almost beaten to death in a face-off, and Hughie Doherty brutally strikes down a much bigger adversary in a fistfight. As shocking as it is fascinating, this is a glimpse into a foreign world in the midst of everyday Western European life.

Producer
Rob Wilkins
Executive Producers
Russell Barnes, Molly Milton
Director
Leo Maguire
Photography
Leo Maquire
Editor
Joby Gee
Music
Jack Ketch
Production Companies
Clearstory Production/Leo Maguire Production/Channel4

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Selected filmography Russel Barnes

EMPIRE: HOW BRITAIN MADE THE MODERN WORLD (2003), ROOT OF ALL EVIL? (2006), THE VIRTUAL REVOLUTION (2010), FAITH SCHOOL MENACE (2010)