Morris: A Life With Bells On [DVD] 
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MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON
A film that will have even the most cynical viewer reaching for their white handkerchiefs, MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON stars Charles Thomas Oldham as Derecq Twist, along with Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass), Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World s End), Ian Hart (A Cock and Bull Story), Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen), Sophie Thompson (Eastenders) Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria), Aidan McArdle (The Duchess), and Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility).
Described as This is Spinal Tap meets Calendar Girls, the film follows the fortunes of an avant-garde Morris team in their struggle to push the boundaries of the venerable, ancient dance. Set around the country pub The Travellers Staff, the docu-style comedy proves that Morris is not just an innocent pub pastime involving hanky-waving and bearded men with staffs, but also that it has its politics-laden, ultra-competitive side too.
The Millsham Morris men and their leader Derecq Twist are determined to achieve Morris perfection. But Derecq is also preparing to set the Morris world alight by performing the ultimate dance within the Morris firmament, the legendary Threeple Hammer Damson. As if this is not enough, he is in addition pioneering an innovative, daringly freeform brand of the dance dubbed Extreme Morris, drawing the anger of traditionalist elements within the Morris community. When Millsham unveil their creation in competition, the Morris Circle the governing body of Morris in the UK - bans Derecq from future competition. Totally devastated by the decision, Derecq embarks on a global odyssey through tragedy and triumph, which gravely tests his passion for Morris.
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'Morris: A Life With Bells On' is is a beautifully-made small independent British film, enhancing the pedigree of bigger-budget British comedies of yore - an observational comedy with pathos that is clearly rooted in an affection for all things Morris-related, whilst appreciating that there is something unavoidably funny about Morris dancing. I am no Morris dancer and certainly not 'alternative' but I enjoyed this film more than I ever imagined, and have been boring others about it ever since. A particularly large coconut or cigar should go to Richard Lumsden for his music, which stands on its own merits as a beautiful collection as well as being an excellent and complementary film score.
This is the sort of film that could have only come from Britain. It's funny, moving, sad...in fact runs the gamut of emotions. Well scripted, directed, filmed and acted.....and more to the point, well danced!!!
This film deserves to be seen by many more people....
And yes, I (and a couple of friends) want to join Orange County Morris.
For a great evening with a DVD, a pork pie and pint of beer it is a must (works well too with smoked salmon and champagne - or chocolate and a mug of coffee - or...).
Support British rural arts (and film-making) and buy a copy (then support your local Morris Troupe)!
I watched this with out reading the critic on the box because sometimes you are disappointed when a film is not really five star
If you like British humour this is for you.
It's a very English film set in the West Country.
Filmed in the style of a documentary it takes you on a emotional journey of a young Morris dancer.
There are highs and lows, lots of jingling .the actors are well cast and brilliant .
If you want to cheer yourself up ,or have a chuckle ,sit down with a cold pint of cider ( under 18 you will have to make do with shandy)and watch this film.
The middle section would have benefitted from being cut quite dramatically without losing the message it was trying to convey and the ending rescued it to a large extent. The first bit is golden, though. I couldn't recommend it highly enough to any person with pretensions towards truly British eccentricity.
Derek Jacobi, Greg Wise, Harriet Walters and Sophie Thompson were persuaded to appear, and the film was finally dragged to publication after being turned down at every door. More fools the distributors - you've missed the chance of the decade.
Charles Thomas Oldham, who imagined this film and carried it through to DVD, should be knighted for service to the nation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love this a comedy drama about Morris Dancing, plus for those who no nothing of the origins of Morris dancing this film will tell you all you need to know. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. R. A. Loades
Good tongue in cheek fun, especially if your into Morris as well.Published 4 months ago by Michael B. Devenport
Really funny, I will never look at Morris dancing in the same light againPublished 6 months ago by tangobob
Great fun - a sympathetic mockumentary played absolutely straight.Published 9 months ago by Rev. Andy
Disappointing for someone who loves Morris - rather silly storyPublished 13 months ago by Mrs. I. E. Allen
Excellent films. One of the funniest and cleverest films I've ever seen.Published 14 months ago by Oliver hume
A gentle comedy in the form of a documentary about Morris dancing. No belly laughs but if you like folk dance and don't take it too seriously this will entertain you. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anne Clark