"a vital grassroots documentary which grapples unflinchingly with activism and protest in austerity Britain"
"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
Review by Nafeez Ahmed .
" 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."
Op-Ed: Want to Change the World? You’ll Have to Get Your Hands Dirty
bY Dean Puckett
"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."
Listen to the Directors notes podcast discussion with Dean Puckett about the Film .. DN278: Grasp the Nettle – Dean Puckett
Directors notes podcast
By MarBelle ⋅ February 28, 2013
Take a tour of 'Kew bridge Eco- village'-
A photo animation created by Dean Puckett whilst living at the village.
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'