In 1977, when their hair was shoulder-length and the lived in a country of soaring unemployment and inflation, where contraception was illegal and divorce was banned, Niall Stokes and Mairin Sheehy founded Hot Press. It was a music magazine that became a political and cultural rallying point for alternative ideas.
The documentary tells the tumultous story of those early years through the memories of its writers and staff who tapped phones, biked checks from bank to bank and drove in relays to the Kerry train to catch the printers, after long, caffeine-powered nights of putting the magazine together. They were united by the music and by their writers' and readers' different visions of an Ireland in which they could feel at home, in which they could be free to be themselves.
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