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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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Skye
Brodie Bass ...
Ty Petrovic
Andy Black ...
Lydiard Spurling
John Boswall ...
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Will Frosser
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Eduardo
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Michael da Silva
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Sonja
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Endeavour
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Quentin Neely
Corinne Kempa ...
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Zena Khan ...
American Lady
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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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Grab life by the bells!

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Trivia

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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Sonia says that the politician she's going to work for will be running for President "in two years' time." That's a Brit-ism; an American would say "in two years." See more »

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Sonoma Rap
Written by Richard Lumsden
Performed by Richard Lumsden & Mr. McTwist
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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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