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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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Grab life by the bells!




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Did You Know?


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 »


At one point, Sonia refers to the Sonoma Valley Folk Festival as the "Sonoma County Folk Festival." See more »


Written by Richard Lumsden
Performed by John Dipper, Richard Lumsden, Saul Rose & Laurel Swift
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T'was a pleasure to watch.....
21 January 2012 | by (Hove Actually) – See all my reviews

..this low-budget flick. Odd that the only negative review here criticises the makers for 'knowing their subject too well'. OK, getting laughs at the expense of the quirky and idiosyncratic people that are attracted to Morris is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel but the makers carry it off with aplomb without resulting to crude stereotypes. Perhaps those outside of Old Albion may struggle to grasp the strangeness of the Morris Folk tradition but these types do exist. On any Sunday, somewhere in England, in a pub car park, or on some village green, or some festival stage, Morris dancers will be merrily twirling their hankies and drinking ale from pewter tankards. It's not mainstream, but it is an important part of British culture. Morris is possibly the only indigenous folk tradition that has survived the last 1000yrs recognisable today in it's present form and it's a joy that there is a film of this calibre that celebrates it. (I'm not a Morris dancer - I'm Scottish, but I loved 'Morris: A Life with Bells On')

A beautifully shot, intrinsically funny film, the appearances of Sir Derek, Dominique Pinon and Ian Hart in this humble little movie should tell you all you need to know - watch it.

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