Gypsy Blood examines the brutal culture of bare-knuckle boxing that generations of gypsy fathers have handed on to their sons. Filmed over two years, Gypsy Blood is an intimate portrait of two proud families, their fight for respect and the price they pay in cycles of revenge that can erupt into sudden and terrifying violence. The Dohertys are Irish Traveller royalty. While Hughie Doherty, becomes embroiled in a fight to defend his family's name, his son Francie lives in two worlds, learning to read at primary school while learning to fight with his fists at home. Fred Butcher is an English Traveller, torn between the gypsy fighting tradition and his love as a father. His son, Freddy Cole, is terrified his father will one day not return from a fight. Gypsy Blood: a haunting study of masculinity and violence, laying bare the uneasy relationship gypsy men have with their bare-knuckle traditions.
Hughie Doherty, Francie Doherty, Fred Butcher, Freddy Cole