Roll Up Your Sleeves

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Roll Up Your Sleeves
Directed by Dylan Haskins
Produced by Project Arts Centre and DCTV
Starring Ian Mackaye
Ellen Lupton
The Ex (band)
Release date
  • 2008 (2008)
Running time
27 minutes
Country Ireland
Language English

Roll Up Your Sleeves is an Irish documentary about do-it-yourself counterculture directed by Dylan Haskins. It also examines the relationship between DIY culture and the need for autonomous social spaces, looking at various projects across Europe and how these compare with the situation in Ireland.


Roll Up Your Sleeves was shot over a two-year period by Haskins and his friends. The film begins by focusing on the non-profit all-ages gigs in his Haskins' own home "The Hideaway House" in Ireland leads him to drive US folk punk band Ghost Mice on their European tour and to the conclusion that this is all about much more than music.

Interviewees include Ian MacKaye of alternative bands Fugazi and Minor Threat; Ellen Lupton, author of DIY: Design it Yourself and Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York; Ellie and Louise Macnamara of Irish band Heathers; and members of long-running Dutch experimental punk band The Ex.


The film was received BCI Sound & Vision funding. It was produced by Project Arts Centre for DCTV.


‘'Roll Up Your Sleeves'’ premiered at the 2009 Stranger Than Fiction Festival in the IFI in Dublin.[1][2]

In January 2011, the film was made available free online, garnering international media attention.[3][4][5][6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Get fit for 2010 (2009-06-13). "Irish communities are hitting the big screen - Film & Cinema, Entertainment". Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
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  3. ^ Ryan, Larry (2011-01-07). "Caught in the Net: Catch M.I.A's mixtape if you can". The Independent. London. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2015-04-21. 
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