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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.


Lucy Akhurst


Tom Oldham





Credited cast:
Lucy Akhurst ... Skye
Brodie Bass Brodie Bass ... Ty Petrovic
Andy Black Andy Black ... Lydiard Spurling
John Boswall ... Mr. Staveley
Jasper Britton Jasper Britton ... Will Frosser
Ben Bela Böhm ... Eduardo
Thomas Coombes ... Moss Side Morris Dancer
Adam Ewan ... Boothby Pagnell
Gary Fannin ... Michael da Silva
Naomie Harris ... Sonja
Ian Hart ... Endeavour
Derek Jacobi ... Quentin Neely
Corinne Kempa Corinne Kempa ... News Anchor
Zena Khan 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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Release Date:

23 May 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Twist Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


Mass in G Minor: Credo
Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performed by Edward Higginbottom & The Choir of New College, Oxford
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Offbeat hilarious mockumentary
3 December 2009 | by john-purcellSee all my reviews

This film takes a very offbeat and affectionate view of a folk-dancing tradition in England that is under threat of disappearing. I very much hope that this amusing and endearingly eccentric movie will raise public awareness of Morris dancing in England. The tension between preserving an old, "sacred" tradition and desiring to experiment and innovate is delightfully caught in a clever script and plot. Charles Thomas Oldham turns in an excellent performance as Derecq Twist, the eccentric leader of a Dorset Morris dance side whose daring experiments outrage the leader of the Morris Circle - Quentin Neely - played by Sir Derek Jacobi. One of this dancing side is a Frenchman, Jean-Baptiste (played by Dominique Pinon) and even the French language scenes are beautifully scripted. When the film jumps to California (a California filmed entirely in England), we meet a tremendously funny plot twist. Henceforth Derecq does for Morris dancing what Michael Flatley did for Riverdance. When I saw the film, the cinema was packed with Morris Dancers who were universally delighted with the jokes, the poignancy of some moments in the film and the general joie de vivre that the film conveys. I cannot recommend this film highly enough. It deserves to become a cult classic. Thank you Lucy Akhurst for a wonderful night at the cinema.

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