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Morris: A Life with Bells On (2009)

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The film follows the fortunes of an avant garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing.



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Credited cast:
Brodie Bass ...
Ty Petrovic
Andy Black ...
Lydiard Spurling
John Boswall ...
Mr. Staveley
Jasper Britton ...
Will Frosser
Moss Side Morris Dancer
Boothby Pagnell
Michael da Silva
Quentin Neely
Corinne Kempa ...
News Anchor
Zena Khan ...
American Lady
Andrew Kinsler ...
Brazilian Morris Dancer


The film follows the fortunes of an avant garde Morris team in their struggle to evolve Morris Dancing.

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Orange County Morris, as seen in the film, is a fictional side. There aren't any morris sides in Orange county, though Los Angeles county has two: Rising Phoenix Morris (Cotswold) from Santa Monica, and Wildwood Morris (Border) from Long Beach. See more »


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Written by Vanesa Lorena Tate (as Vanesa Lorena Tate)
Performed by Vanesa Lorena Tate (as Vanesa Lorena Tate)
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A dire film - bad plot, bad scripting, unimaginative, and not funny.
15 November 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm not entirely sure what the reason for this film being made was, but in short, it shouldn't have been made.

There are many reasons I wouldn't recommend this film, the main ones being are that firstly, the plot is tedious and predictable - it seems that no effort has been made to create an interesting narrative or use interesting dramatic devices that keep you drawn throughout the film.

Secondly, the script is not particularly funny, quirky, or imaginative. Although I acknowledge the fact that the film is set in the west country, the actors all have very wooden, stereotypical west country accents - reminiscent of 'The Wurzels' (which of course, is not funny in 2010) Thirdly, in addition to 'having a laugh' over the west country accent, the rest of this film to me simply not funny. I like to think that I have a fairly varied and open sense of humour, but I did not laugh once in this film, let alone a snigger.

The reason for this, I can only hypothesise as follows - This film is evidently trying to be a 'Spinal Tap' of Morris Dancing. Based on the mocumentary style, this film is clearly trying to create humour from the Morris Dancing culture - but instead of cleverly parodying this culture, it seems to have only represented this culture fairly close to the truth (not even in an observational style). Evidently the makers of this film knew quite a lot about the Morris Dancing culture, and are very possibly part of this culture themselves. Here, they obviously didn't want to poke too much fun at Morris Dancing, at the fear of disapproval from that very culture. Here it is obvious that the main target audience of this film is Morris Dancers and those involved in the Folk culture; the makers couldn't risk offending their main target audience now could they.

So as a result, this film would only be understood by those in the culture associated, and even then, there isn't much to laugh about.

Morris Dancers and 'Folkies': If you intend on convincing yourself that this film is funny just because it is about Morris Dancers, please think twice. Non-Morris Dancers or 'Folkies': Don't bother yourself with this film. There are too many references you will not recognise, and even if you did, they aren't funny.

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