Grasp The Nettle
Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police - and themselves - in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society.
"Fascinating and hugely uplifting" ****
"a vital grassroots documentary which grapples unflinchingly with activism and protest in austerity Britain"
" Dean Puckett's new documentary, Grasp the Nettle, follows the bewildering and even amusing exploits of this group over a one year and three month period. The result is a powerful film which raises often unsettling questions - not just about the draconian trajectory of state policy, but about the potential pitfalls of activism."
Interview with Director Dean Puckett
A photo animation created by Dean Puckett whilst living at the village.
Directors notes podcast
Listen to the Directors notes podcast discussion with Dean Puckett about the Film .. DN278: Grasp the Nettle – Dean Puckett
By MarBelle ⋅ February 28, 2013
"A terrific Insight, a powerful film and a great snapshot into a moment in London that would have otherwise been forgotten" read the full review HERE
"We are also allowed glimpses of their personal lives in and outside of the village, such as talk of relationships, sexual encounters, mental illness and bereavement. Yet, Puckett remains tasteful in his filming and committed to portraying the progress of their movement as opposed to creating a soap opera." Read the full review HERE
Op-Ed: Want to Change the World? You’ll Have to Get Your Hands Dirty
"The people in my new film were both ahead of their time and intrinsically linked to past struggles, such as the Diggers of 1649.The diggers of Grasp the Nettle created a carnival separate from the suffocation of everyday life—and that was only on three acres. Imagine what we could do with the whole of this Island. " Read The Full Article
Q and A with Stir Magazine
"banning squatting is an attempt by the conservative government to curtail dissent in the age of austerity, which is being driven by a neo-liberal ideology that sees everything as a market and anything outside of the market as a threat."
BBC 'INSIDE OUT'
BBC1 - Inside Out - 22/02/2010 piece on 'Kew Bridge Eco Village' The filming of this show and the villagers reflections on the experience is featured in 'Grasp The Nettle'