Monkey Grip is a film about the complication of love, desire and freedom. It is about living with men and living without men. It is the story of Nora in her early thirties recently divorced and caring for her thirteen year old daughter a woman trying to live free of the compromises of conventional domesticity and dependence upon men, who, in spite of this, is drawn into a dangerously obsessive relationship with an attractive actor addicted to heroin. The film is set in the inner Melbourne suburbs of Carlton & Fitzroy, within a network of talented, reckless rock 'n' roll musicians, actors and writers people refusing to live by the rules of consumerist culture and safe, conventional morality, exploring the possibilities and suffering the traumas of a new sexual openness. The story takes place from one summer to the next. It explores the changes Nora undergoes in attempting to gain control over her life.