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Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)

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Subject: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Dick The Box
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:21 PM

Following the recent discussions about the imminent demise of Morris, the release of this film is timely! It seems to be genuine but then again it might be just a sophisticated hoax? Anyone got any more info?

fixed the link for you
la joe clone


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Kampervan
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:32 PM

Dick

Thanks for posting the blue clicky.

I tried to do the same in my posting earliet today on the 'Morris joins the Dodo' thread.

Moderators feel to coalesce the threads.

K/van


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: bubblyrat
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 03:56 PM

Wow !! I thoroughly enjoyed that ! Factual,no-holds-barred documentary making at its very best.Stunning realism,and a pleasingly down-to-earth approach to the sometimes seemingly insuperable problems attendant upon an understanding of what really drives men to participate in this ridiculous and depraved activity.I thought the item at the end,about shagging a pig,was most poignant.Whoever made this ground-breaking film-----I salute you!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 02:31 AM

Dick - when you create a blue clicky you need to add the http:// bit in front of the new URL, otherwise the blickifier adds your URL to Mudcat's URL cos it thinks it's a page on it's own site (or something like that!)

I'm looking froward to seeing the movie - I spent time with my local Morris side at a festival this weekend (as I always do!) & managed to get a pic of them down on their knees in the dance they hadn't done for a while until they got an infusion of young (teenage) dancers! Someone here recently told me the name of this dance, but naturally I forgot. As the Squire said when introducing it to the watching hordes, it's the only dance they do that can hurt then, unlike those violent looking stick dances.

sandra (creator of more than one Mudcat/other hybrid!)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:45 AM

Piece in the Daily Mail (of all places.
Laurel Swift (of Morris Offspring) was the dance tutor for the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,selby
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:47 AM

read the article in the mail apparently the actors involved want to go back to wimbourne festival and dance again they enjoyed it that much well done to everyone who helped them


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:53 AM

loved it, wether a just for laughs or a serious attempt at bringing morris to the fore film, more of it is needed, great bit of film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: pavane
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 04:44 AM

I still think the best place to revive the Morris is at fitness classes. It is equivalent to high-impact aerobics, and more fun.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 05:52 AM

From the film trailer it looks like a very healthy perspective, showing the passion of those involved in Morris, the extreme lengths that "purists" will sometimes go to versus the youngsters' wish to innovate, and the position that Morris enjoys (if that is the word) in the national conscience (the butt of jokes and yet... "Morris is English", shouts Derek Jacobi when he sees a Californian dance troupe taking Morris to the stage). I can't wait to see the film!

As the hero says: "I breathe it, I live for it, I'd even die for it. In fact I know many that died doing it...!"


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 09:22 AM

you need the http:// to make it work


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 10:56 AM

It's not a hoax but only seems to be on release in Wessex


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 11:42 AM

It took a while but I got to watch the trailer - looks wonderful fun! It looks like it will be an affectionately humorous look at morris: and the traditionalists!

Would it be appropriate here, given Derek Jacobi's character's remark, to mention that I actually first did Morris in South Africa...?

I wonder if it will be available on DVD anywhere?

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Dick The Box
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for the advice about making the blue clicky work.

Unless you live near Dorset I suspect that you stand more chance of getting the film on DVD than seeing it in a cinema!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: boosh
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 12:13 PM

WOW!
that has made my day!
xx


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 12:20 PM

Sandra - I bet that dance was Flowers of Edinburgh!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 01:08 PM

I would like to get a screening for Sidmouth this year - fingers crossed.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,cardboard cutout.
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:57 PM

Hear hear, we'd like to ATTEND a screening at Sidmouth this year!! Figers crossed indeed.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 04:53 PM

It's great!

But...I is EVER SO worried at all these people wot is reading 'The Daily Mail' in here...LOL

Oh, you have to see the funny side, The Daily Mail saves the day and makes Morris Dancing POPULAR!

;0)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 05:05 PM

I will confess that Keith and I bought the Mail on Sunday yesterday, the day the article appeared. Keith is a big fan of John Lennon, and there was a free CD of his - in the end it turned out to be a happy coincidence.

If you haven't read the article yet (See Diane's message above with the blue clicky thing), it's well worth a read. Also, go to the film's website and sign up for the newsletter - the more of us that do that, the better the chance we have of seeing it.

Next question - is there an Oscar for dance tutors? Laurel, if there were, I'd vote for you.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 05:20 PM

Oh my heavens! It get worse...a Daily Mail Buying Session Confession!

Sylvia...NOOOOOO! They'll be down on you like a ton of bricks! LOL

(Tell them it was your neighbour's paper and you just happened to see it on the table, they may *just* accept that.) ;0)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 08:14 PM

At my trial I'll use being tempted by John Lennon as my defense!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 06:36 AM

now actually giving hard earned cash to buy the daily mail is going toooooooo far. anyone gets a copy of the dvd let me know where i can get one, its got to be sceened at sidmouth, jus gotta be,


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 06:42 AM

"At my trial I'll use being tempted by John Lennon as my defense!"

Oh dear, they've just passed sentenced of hanging, drawing and quartering, Sylvia.

John Lennon 'they' deem as a Singer Songwriter.

You've just committed two of the most terrible sins imaginable in the folk world, buying the Daily Mail and...buying it for a Singer Songwriter CD!

Ooh, dearie, dearie, dearie...

I'm with Romany Man though, I think screening a John Lennon DVD at Sidmouth would be a brilliant idea!

;0)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:21 AM

This could do for the Morris what "Callendar girls" did for the WI.

What did it do for the WI by the way?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:26 AM

Was it that it increased the sales of the W.I. iced top sticky buns, because men realised where they put them to cool, and what the little cherry on top was modelled from?

:0)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:35 AM

I've been having a chat with the film's director this morning. We're hoping we can do a screening, and with any luck some sort of pre-show event (like a Q&A) at Sidmouth. But in the first instance, they need a bit of grass-roots support, trying to help the film to get major distribution. It can only become the morris answer to Calendar Girls if people get to see it! Apparently the distributors thought the film's subject was "too niche" for major distribution, but I'm sure the combined weight of the morris and folk fraternities may disabuse them of this notion...

Ring your local cinema and tell them you'd like to see the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:57 AM

What did the girls in Callendar do for the WI?

No really!   I think this is brilliant. Please post here again if anyony finds out, if released on DVD, where it can be had.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 08:20 AM

Of course, these lassies will *definitely* have to be on the Mischieviously Magical Morris Calendar

Wahey! The Loose Women's Morris Dance Team

It's almost worth moving to Kent, just so you can tell the vicar you're a member of the loose women's institute, isnt' it? ;0)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 11:45 AM

What HAVE they DONE to the Cerne Abbas Giant? ... and WHY?

Are we to believe that this 'proud' fellow, who has stood there for all to see for hundreds of years, would have caught sight of the film crew and suddenly come over all coy?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 12:36 PM

Good grief!! I'd watched the trailer several times but not noticed that ... but you're quite right topsie!!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 02:06 PM

I can't see the entire video as it keeps breaking up and then freezing.

I am wondering about the Morris Team in California, described in the plot summary. A few years ago at the Rochester Sweeps there was (I think) a self described extreme Morris from California. Black leather studded jackets with the sleeves cut out and black leather basques on the ladies, etc. They looked like the love children of Hells Angels and Morris Dancers.

Some had pierced their upper arms and hung bells (big bells) from the wire or monfiliament in the piercings. It was quite gruesome in a cool way or the reverse. Those piercings were breaking open and bleeding as they danced. No wonder when you jump around with freaking sleighbells dangling from your skin. I would say they must have had balls the size of churchbells but some of them were women.

Maybe they have been banned from returning to Uk for causing a public health risk.

Biohazard Morris. Now that is extreme.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 02:13 PM

If you let the video run to the end, complete with the breaking up and freezing, and then click on 'play again' you should be able to watch it properly.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: LesB
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 02:19 PM

I don't seem to be getting it. (the film that is) Just very jerky sound & vision, I am on broadband but it must be very slow, although it's alright for my space & other clips.
Cheers
Les


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 04:07 PM

i did twice.... I think the problem is I am in flat on broadband surrounded by 9 other bandwith greedy networks.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 04:09 PM

I had the same problem, Tam. I found that if you keep re-starting it, it plays a little longer each time, and then, after about six goes it plays all the way through. Irritating, but doable, eventually.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 05:59 PM

Another "not quite niche" film was "The Titfield Thunderbolt".
This was, of course, one of the Ealing Comedy set and thus seen as a mainstream film, but I believe that it must have been partly responsible for the public's later reaction to Beeching and British Railways's obliteration of steam from the railway system.
It was obviously a comedy but was not poking fun at the preservation movement because the film largely pre-dated it. It did make railways seem fun and accesible.

Would there be so many preserved railways and steam locos today if this film was not there in the national sub-conscious?

The same sort of effect could apply if we can get this film in general circulation.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:02 PM

topsie, I was wondering if I was right about a certain appendage missing!

Just emailed them asking that it be released in the USA or on DVD. Probably the only way I'll get to see it. What fun it looks, though!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:11 PM

If you look at the other menu options on the website, one of them has the film preview that plays normally.
Derek


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:16 PM

And posting the widget also means that you get a proper picture ... I notice that we're all commenting on the jerkiness - wonder if anyone has bothered to email the webmaster to let them know?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 04:29 AM

it was probably cold that day, bring on the dvd it must be out there somewhere perhaps thats the way to get it distributed , my local cinima manager told me to piss off you nutter last night when i suggested he showed the film, so i hit im wiv me stick, hee hee


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 07:51 AM

maybe if we all go to the site and request DVD release.

maybe if we get other mudcatters to do the same....

maybe if we get our families... our friends... collegues...

the

WORLD!!!!

sorry... meglomania elf just nipped me in the .....


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Folknacious
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 09:03 AM

Not so much Calendar Girls as Best In Show or A Mighty Wind, I think. And nothing wrong with that at all. A Mighty Caper!

Is it possible that all the silly nonsense that the bloke from the Morris Circle (sorry . . . Ring) was spouting recently about no young people being interested in Morris was all part of an elaborate guerilla marketing ploy to warm up the media for this film? No, you're right, absurd idea! Surely might have accidentally helped though.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 12:24 PM

I have been interested in this film for a year or two now, back when they were looking for extras. I forgot about it for a bit when I hadn't heard anything more, and was suddenly reminded the other day. I'll be going to one of the Dorset screenings (a little irked that it isn't showing quite where I am, despite some of the filming being done here, but oh well).

Mad Alex


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: AlexB
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 01:28 PM

Oops. Guest above was me. Didn't realise I wasn't signed in.

added it for you
la joe clone


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 03:47 PM

I see we got a quick flash of Bourne River morris at the beginning...!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: doncatterall
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 03:58 PM

The Cerne Abbas Giant seems to have undergone some advanced surgical procedure - could this result in a stiff left arm? - makes me eyes water just thinking about it!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 06:10 PM

errmmm ... keep up there don ... that was mentioned a little way back in the thread [grin]


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 07:16 PM

I just got this in answer to an email I sent:

Thank you for your interest in Morris. We would love to show the film right across the globe and especially in the US (I know there are more Morris teams in the States than in the UK).

Film distribution is a weird thing and not down to the film makers. Films get put in cinemas by distribution companies (Icon, Revolver, Lionsgate, etc). When those companies saw Morris, they loved it, but were worried there was no audience for it. We want to show them that there is. So, we need people like you to lobby their local cinemas en masse, or even the distribution companies themselves to show the film. If enough people make a noise to them about Morris, we can roll it out globally and everyone can get to see it.

Let's make them realise that people want to see this film.

All best wishes

Lucy

LUCY AKHURST
Producer


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Let's help them out, folks!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 07:36 PM

Hope this works. This link should take you to where you can find contact details for UK film distributors.

where to find UK film distributors

Most of the contact details are their websites. I've looked on Icon's site and can't find an e-mail address.

Katlaughing - can Lucy give us any more help on this?

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 11:58 PM

I Unerstand that Joanie Crump (Ms Archer of this parish and artistic guru of Sidmouth FF) is in negotiation with the Producers to get a screening in Sidmouth at this years festival.
(Doesn't help US readers I know, frustrating, isn't it)
So, why not heed Ms Akhursts advice. bombard cinemas and distributors alike, with any means availlable.......Rise Up Morris Folk, Rise Up and seize the day!!
Anyway I want to see an Oscar at next years award ceremony with Baldricks and Bells on!!
It can happen...Look at Slumdog Millionaire?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 08:15 PM

I have today petitioned the manager of our theatre to think about putting the film on, and she has said she will have a look at the possibility... keeping my fingers crossed (but not necessarily believing) that we might be able to get it to Guildford .....


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 08:24 PM

Ralphie - Joanie/Ruth had already mentioned her intentions further up this thread ... keep up boy!!! But hey... totally agree with bombardment ... and I'll make a start tomorrow. Well done Sylvia for providing a quick short cut to finding the relevant email addresses etc ... anybody had any thoughts on particularly specific wording at all???

Just a rather wicked thought ... how about descending on the distributors' head offices en masse with bells, baldricks and sticks ... or maybe not - might have the immediately opposite effect!!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 09:16 AM

I've created a petition to gather names together of people supporting the morris film. The idea is that if we get loads of names we can hand them over to the film makers which will hopefully give them a bit of leverage with the distributors about getting the film shown more widely.

Don't know if it will work but worth a try!

Please forward to all your contacts!!

In the meantime Oxfolk ceilidhs are pursuing a showing in Oxfordshire via Moviola http://www.moviola.org/ who are showing the film in the SW.

Cat xx

http://petition.co.uk/we_want_the_morris_movie


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 10:48 AM

That's an excellent idea, Cat. I think I'll get one set up for the USA. Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 11:58 AM

I am putting together a flyer to take to my sing around sessions and to email to friends.

I will also talk to Head of Heritage and Arts Service as she is on the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust.

I will ask around about who is best contact for Rochester Sweeps. Would be great if shown at Corn Exchange or someplace one or more of the evenings on that May Bank Holiday weekend.

Wow!!! What about on the side ot Rochester Castle just after dusk. On the Boley Hill side is a natural ampitheatre.

Maybe Leigh on Sea Festival too.

This is getting exciting.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 01:55 PM

I've signed Cat's petition

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: DMcG
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 03:38 PM

Although I've signed, I wonder if these petitions can be counter-preductive. It's only a few hours old of course, but at the moment there's 23 signatures. Suppose it gets to 1000. Spread over 50-odd regions in the UK and two countries, that would not convince me that it was economically justified as no one county would get anywhere near filling even a small screening room for a single night. Having no petition at all, I'd have to guess and I might decide it was. So in some ways having no petition could make the chance of seeing it released better than having a petition signed by not-very-many.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Tradsinger
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 03:57 PM

Blue clicky thing to petition

http://petition.co.uk/we_want_the_morris_movie

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Tradsinger
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 06:46 PM

Only 33 signatures to date! Come on, sign up. This may be a one-off opportunity to get morris into the cinema.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 07:46 PM

Petition signed. Now to get the message out.

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 08:02 PM

Is it going to be shown at Wimborne festival?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 10:02 PM

DMcG, the usual rule of thumb with petitions, that I've always heard, is that for every one who signs, "they" figure there are another one thousand who probably agree.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 10:38 PM

I went to www.thepetitionsite.com and started to do a petition, but it is a lot more involved than I thought it would be; not just starting it, but monitoring and delivering once it is done. I don't have the time or knowledge of Morris enough to do it. I will add my support but cannot take it on right now. My apologies. I hope, since the film producer said there are more Morris teams in the USA than the UK, that someone over here will do one. In the meantime, I will make some media and theatre contacts, locally.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 05:15 AM

I've posted a message to the Chippenham FF organisers to see if they'd be interested in showing the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 10:40 AM

There's 98 so far, and I've emailed the link to quite a few people.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Ian cookieless
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 02:59 PM

I emailed from the film website asking about DVD release as there's not a cinema anywhere near me showing it. I received this response:

Dear Ian

We can't show the film on DVD until it has had proper distribution, I'm afraid. However, we would love to show the film near to you. We'd love to show it all over the country, but it isn't up to us. We'd like to get it into mainstream cinemas so that everyone can see it. For that, we need the distributors who passed on it before Christmas to realise they made a mistake.

You probably know this, but distributors are the people who flash up in the credits before the film - Icon, Lionsgate, Revolver, etc. They all saw the film, loved it, but were worried there was no audience for it. They would think again if they could see my inbox which is groaning with requests from all over the world...

We made the film for people just like you. People who are generally ignored by the media. We need you to make noise en masse to cinemas and distributors and let them know there is an audience for the film. That way, we can roll it our across the country, even the world. The incredible Cat Moore has started an e-petition you may want to sign

http://petition.co.uk/we_want_the_morris_movie


In any event, thank you for the passion shown for our film, your film.

All best wishes

Lucy

LUCY AKHURST
Producer

Please sign the petition if you haven't already done so.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Terry
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 08:56 AM

I received the following response from Phillip Walkley of Moviola (who are showing it in the West Country) today.

"Dear Terry
Following my colleagues response to you a few days ago, have forwarded your email to the film's makers in London to see if they have any Kent plans. Also we do programme films for Screen on Sheppey (at Sheerness Leisure Centre) Maybe you could contact them and see if they have plans to book the film through us?
Kevin O Reilly Sheppey HLC Sheppey Leisure, Off Broadway Sheerness ME12 1HH 01795 583547 kevin@sheppeyhlc.org.uk "

Whilst this is possibly the start of better news, Sheerness (and with due respect to anyone on the Isle of Sheppey) is not exactly the centre of Morris activity in Kent. If however someone on the Island feels they can whip up enough local support for the film to be shown there I would encourage them to make contact direct with the Leisure Centre.

Terry


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 03:18 PM

I added my details to the petition.

I created flyer including details and web addresses for the film, this thread, the film distributers and the petition.

I dropped some flyers off at session in Kent yesterday afternoon.

I have emailed my folk club organiser in Essex and sent him the flyer.

I have gotten the phone number for the Rochester Sweeps organiser from Medway Council.

My boss at Essex Heritage and Arts, has put me onto Screen East. She says this is exactly the kind of stuff they like to support.

I don't even do Morris Dance. How bizarre is that?

Make Morris Happen!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: High Hopes (inactive)
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 03:49 PM

It's quite funny, but as for wide distribution, that simply isn't going to happen. The film is definitely minority taste


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 04:39 PM

I have sent the link to this thread to a film distributor friend.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 05:38 AM

I have sent a link to my local arts centre here in Co.Clare:

http://www.glor.ie/About%20Us/_default.htm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 05:38 AM

Sorry, that was me!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Julie Dawson
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 04:57 PM

This film will hopefully bring a large audience in to support this
wonderful tradition.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 28 Jan 09 - 09:30 PM

The pressure's building:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/mbradio2/F2142825?thread=6252540


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Bainbo
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 04:41 AM

I emailed Newcastle's arthouse cinema, the Tyneside, last weekend, saying I was sure there would be a demand for it, and asking if they had any plans to show it. As yet they still haven't responded.

If anyone else in North East England wants to try their luck,you can get in touch with them here.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 11:10 AM

Just e-mailed the Broadway in Nottingham.

Not much point trying Odeon or Vue, Tom Cruise isn't in it as far as I know!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 11:22 AM

My boss - Head of Heritage and Arts at ECC mentioned the Morris movie at East Anglian Traditional Music Trust meeting. They are aware and very keen to get film shown in East Anglia I am now in touch with named person at the EA Music Trust.

Also been in touch with person who used to be very involved with Maldon Morris. Hopefully he can forward information along to other Essex groups.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 02:04 PM

I got this on the email news today from the film company...


[i]
Dear Morris Fans

BBC Breakfast will be at Fordingbridge tonight to cover the screening. Those of you who can get down there to make as much noise as possible please do. You can meet the film makers and ask us anything you want.

Lets make Fordingbridge the Hollywood of Hampshire!

Lucy

Twist Films
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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Peter Elbro
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 02:47 PM

I'm the Treasurer at Fordingbridge Entertainments Society where we showed the film yesterday (30th Jan) in association with Moviola (moviola.org) and we had a capacity audience of 150 and even had to turn people away from the door. The last time this happened was for Mamma Mia. In the four years we have been showing films we have never had such a happy and delighted audience and we were also given an short, impromptu performance by the Bourne River Morris (thanks guys - you were a real hit) before the event. After the film Lucy Ackhurst (Director) and Charles Oldham (Derecq Twist) made a surprise appearance and the audience applauded them for so long I thought they would never stop. A BBC film crew turned up shoot film for a two minute slot sometime between 6-9am on the BBC1 Breakfast show on Tuesday 3rd February. We also had Southern Radio recording loads of interviews before and after the film. I really hope this film goes to the national cinema chains because it really deserves it. Good luck to you Lucy and the rest of you.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 07:21 PM

I watched this tonight - it's bloody hilarious. Very much in the mold of films like "Best in Show" or "A Mighty Wind" - more laugh-out-loud moments than I ever expected. Seriously, do see it if you get the chance.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: AlexB
Date: 31 Jan 09 - 10:12 PM

Was there at Fordingbridge t'other night. There was a lot of good footage of Bourne River taken and a few interviews with the audience about what draws them to the morris. Shall be interesting to see what makes it into Tuesday's BBC Breakfast show.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 04:45 PM

It was a very enjoyable film, enjoyed enormously by the public despite its apparent "niche" content.
I will be looking to see it again, I think it has more to give. The humour wasn't "in your face" but there was lots of it.

Wish I'd known you were there, Ruth, I'd have said hello.

Malcolm

BRM


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 01 Feb 09 - 08:01 PM

The news about the BBC film crew being at Fordingbridge is great - all helps in the promotion of the film.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Terry
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 04:49 AM

Unfortnately I have not yet been able to see the film but have received or read reports from various people who have. Of those, some think that it is amusing and entertaining whilst others claim it is boring and portrays the Morris in poor light. Two very opposing views.
What is the opinion of Mudcaters who have seen it?
Terry


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: lady penelope
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 03:30 PM

I'd love to know where to see it!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 05:32 AM

Apparently the Beeb Breakfast report from Fordingbridge has been put off until next Tuesday.
Time range 0600 - 0915.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 11:28 AM

Malcolm, I wasn't there - I saw a review DVD.

(which Malcolm are you?)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 12:09 PM

From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 11:28 AM

> Malcolm, I wasn't there - I saw a review DVD.

Don't tell anyone that - people will go to enormous lengths to get their hands on one! Or so I'm told, anyway.

(which Malcolm are you?)

We haven't met (to my knowledge, anyway) but have brushed against one another briefly on line. Mostly due to me confusing you with other people.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 12:15 PM

Lady Penelope said:

Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: lady penelope
Date: 02 Feb 09 - 03:30 PM

I'd love to know where to see it!


------------------------------

The link to where it's being shown is:

http://www.moviola.org/

But it's nearly all at small venues in southern/SW England.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 12:48 PM

Hi Malcolm,

My partner, whose review copy it is, is scrupulous to a fault, so it will definitely not be going anywhere it shouldn't! I'd love to see the film again in a cinema.

Derecq Twist, the lead character, reminded me a bit of Gareth from The Office.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,William Shakespeare
Date: 03 Feb 09 - 01:09 PM

Much Ado About Nothing


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 03:30 AM

They showed the BBC report this morning and it's supposed to be on again this morning at 8.45am on Breakfast

I reckon one way to get the message over that we'd like the film on wider release would be to text or e-mail bbc breakfast

Sue


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 03:51 AM

No - not been on yet 8.50 gmt


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 03:52 AM

Just sent BBC Breakfast and email including links to this thread, Facebook group and the petition.

Still doing my bit to Make Morris Happen!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 04:23 AM

I just caught it before nine, but only because my friend rang and told me! I didn't think they were showing it till next week.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 05:00 AM

Saw it just before 8am this morning. Quite an upbeat report.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 07:20 AM

The Oxford Mail is doing a piece on this, and the reporter would like quotes from people who'd like to see the film - his name is George Hamilton and he's on 01865 327432.

If you're a morris dancer / morris fan and preferably are from Oxfordshire or nearby and would like to be quoted in the Oxford Mail can you give him a ring today?

Cat x


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 07:32 AM

Oops..... I've just realised I've got the phone number wrong ;o) (Sits in the corner with a dunces cap on!)

It's 01865 425423

Double checked ;o)

Cat x


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Surreysinger.... at work
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 07:43 AM

Oh poo!!! The film company emailed people and said it was going to be on on Monday ... if I'd known I'd have set the recorder on to record it....doh!! boo! hiss! and similar comments.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Willa
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 08:07 AM

Coverage coming on BBC1 lunchtime news now.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 08:26 AM

Like Virginia Tam, I've done my bit to Make Morris Happen.

I too e-mailed bbcbreakfast@bbc.co.uk
to request that they ask 'the powers that be' to distribute the film more widely. You could text 61124 instead. (In addition to signing the petition, of course)

Moviola lists showings in Dorset, Wilts, Hampshire, East Somerset and one in (my county of) Devon - but right on the Dorset border.

Congratulations to Moviola at being in the forefront for this.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 08:38 AM

The BBC news reader announced that it was showing in village halls across the UK.   Somebody did not do their research. Anyway here is link to filmed report.

link to BBC news item


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 08:55 AM

Just watched the news item and signed the petition which is past the 3000 mark now.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 10:24 AM

It's unfortunate that the BBC piece refers to it as a "little" film and a bit of a curiousity, without mentioning the stars and all the familiar faces in the cast - the sort of thing which might make the mainstream public curious enough to want to see it.

Derek Jacobi is the most famous name, but there are famiiliar faces from a whole host of solid British films and TV: Greg Wise, Ian Hart, Naomie Harris, Sophie Thompson, Richard Lumsden, Harriet Walter - the names may not be that familiar, but when you see the film you realise they've been in loads of stuff - most of them in top-quality British costume drama (though Naomie Harris most famously starred in Pirates of the Caribbean and 28 Days Later).

It's a cracking cast, no doubt selected for its mainstream British film industry appeal - it will be a shame if the mainstream audience doesn't get to see it!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 10:27 AM

But the Moviola chap did say that some other hit films had started life that way.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 10:48 AM

But how does one complain about the thinness of the BBC report?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: manitas_at_work
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 10:52 AM

It wasn't that bad for a short item in what is, after all, a news program. The BBC can't push it too much as it would seem too much like advertising.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Bainbo
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 10:59 AM

Hmm. That doesn't usually stop the Beeb, manitas. I don't often have access to a TV, but I was stopping a hotel recently and every time I put the BBC news on, there was more and more about a film with Kate Winslett and Leonardo DiCaprio. I still haven't worked out why it was news.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Petals of Florist
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 11:43 AM

Here is a link to this morning's (Thurs 5th Feb) BBC1 Breakfast news report on the Fordingbridge Morris night.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7871439.stm

And here is the website for the film itself; Morris: A Life With Bells On. Good 3 minute clip and list of showing venues.
http://www.morrismovie.com/

Morris ROCKS!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 01:17 PM

Petition signed - come on people, its moving now - lets keep the momentum going!!!!!!!

Over three thousand when I signed!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 01:41 PM

Kev

'bout time you got your clogs in here. get dilligafxx to sign too please.

Also there is a facebook group. please both of you join it.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 02:13 PM

"The film is definitely minority taste"

So is ballet, and that didn't stop Billy Elliot. Or brass bands - Brassed Off. Or women's football - Bend it Like Beckham.

And there's a host more.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: BB
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 02:25 PM

Having gone to the appropriate Beeb news item, I wish I had the time to wait for each little bit to load so that I can watch it! The bit I did manage to see had the Moviola guy saying it was a 'little' film, not the Beeb reporter. Not using his brain there, I fancy!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 02:26 PM

Here's a link to a page with the contact details for the Independent Cinemas Office, and contact details for all independent cinemas and film societies in the country.

The thing to do is maybe bypass the big distributors by getting direct bookings.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 03:10 PM

Here is the film's trailer on YouTube - seems to run a bit smoother than on the other link.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Feb 09 - 03:26 PM

I just emailed Chelmsford Borough Council via the Chelmsford Civic theatre link.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 03:52 AM

Just mailed the Beeb.

C'mon you lot, keep the momentum going!

A friend of mine whose village hall in Yorkshire shows films has asked the organiser to try and get hold of it, and then he'll sort a morris side to dance before the event.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,ian kerry flicks in the sticks
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 05:14 AM

It seems that the producers will not release the film to people like myself (who run Flicks in the Sticks) on DVD until there is a distributor - we could easily show the film 30 times in our part of the country where we normally show 600 films a year in village halls.

it would be a great shame if this film was lost like so many other good british films...

here's hoping.

ian


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 06:33 AM

Surely there must be a potential distributor out there who would be only too glad to do the business?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:48 AM

Have the distributors realised that there are actually a lot of Morris sides in North America, not to mention the rest of the world?

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:43 PM

Maybe they could get Prince Charles to get a Royal Film Premiere set up...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Folknacious
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 12:52 PM

Maybe they should get Prince Charles to dance morris. His ears would give the bloke's in the film from "Moss Side Morris" a run for their money!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: CupOfTea
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 09:10 PM

CBC's "As it Happens" had an interview with the film maker, Chas Oldham. He seems to think there are more Morris sides in the US than in the UK.

They say that the movie has become a "cult hit" in small villages in England. I'll be looking out for it here. It would be great if this stirs up more enthusiasm. The most recent local side in Cleveland "Rigor Morris" (logo of a dancing skeleton) is several years moribund, unfortunately. It would be great to see this at the Cleveland International Film Festival and better still if this inspires more participation.

there is a website: Morris Movie

Joanne in Cleveland (the one in Ohio, US)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 04:20 AM

Perhaps a mass dance in trafalger square would get some attention, yeh mass border, flyin sticks, screamin voices , loadsa people , some one will notice , then the bbc may get it right in the face of the so called distributors.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 07 Feb 09 - 05:02 AM

I mailed BBC Breakfast yesterday, asking for their support, and got a note back from the co-producer saying that their feature on this "lovely film" had been shown the previous day.

I replied that I had seen most of it, but was asking that the BBC might like to put a wee bit of leverage on the distributors by showing support, as they had a higher profile than us.

So far, no reply.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Willa
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 07:08 AM


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 12:32 PM

This article in the Saturday Guardian was written by Mary Neal's great-great niece (I think I've got the right number of greats).

Article in the Guardian - 7/2/09

It's certainly more ammunition to our cause, and a positive article from a young person who, not previously knowing much about her ancestor, once she did find out is now full of enthusiasm, and has very good things to say about Morris dancing.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: mouldy
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 12:58 PM

There's a piece in today's Independent on Sunday encouraging people to have a go at Morris, and talking about the groundswell of support for the film. It's written by a journalist, Cole Moreton, who had a go (for the sake of research) with Hunter's Moon.

He also reckons that word of mouth is making the film a sleeper hit.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 08 Feb 09 - 03:56 PM

Great, Andrea - even more great stuff.

Here is the blue clicky thing:

Article in Independent on Sunday - 08/02/09

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: BB
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 02:26 PM

There might be hope yet. We were negotiating with Moviola, who are the people who are putting it out in the West Country, to put the film on, but they only had the rights up to Easter, and we wanted a date after that.

Just heard from them, and they say that the film company has an embargo on any future shows until they hear about a main national distributor. Which personally is a bit of a pain, but it sounds to me as though they think they might be able to get it out there big time.

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 09 Feb 09 - 03:02 PM

Yet another mention of the film was on the South East local news here in Kent tonight - it was part of an item regarding the untimely death and then, subsequent Morris Funeral, of Andy from Dead Horse Morris. A sad link there, but hopefully it will again show that we are out here, doing what we love and that there is great respect - it would be nice to think that Andy could play a little part in getting this out to a wider audience.

Keep that petition going!!!!

Kev


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: JohnB
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 03:06 PM

I gave the link information to the lady who organizes a local thing called "Monday Night at the Movies" last night. Her ears pricked up when I mentioned the CBC interview on "As IT Happens" last Friday.
They show smaller types of movies which don't make major distribution(in the local LARGE Galaxy chain cinema). They do however still need some sort of Canadian distributor she said.
They pick up a lot of movies from the "Toronto Film Festival" so if you can get it in there, I have already offered our side to dance before each showing. There are other sides who would do the same in Toronto too, also London, Cambridge and Hamilton all Ont. Canada.
Good Luck JohnB.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Tradsinger
Date: 10 Feb 09 - 05:43 PM

The Gloucestershire Morris Men have just been interviewed by BBC Radio Gloucestershire concerning a beginners workshop we are holding in Cheltenham on 28th February. We told the interviewer beforehand about the film, he saw the trailer and loved it, so we managed to work a plug for the film into the interview. The interview will be broadcast on the Radio Gloucestershire Sunday morning magazine programme 'Country Matters' on 22nd February, sometime between 0900 and 1200. You can always hear it on 'Listen Again'.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 04:27 AM

What has to be done to get this thing out there, its been on telly in clips, its been in the papers, its been mentioned on radio, we all know about it, is it all just a huge government conspiracy to keep morris under wraps so that only we the educated know about it, what about a mass we want the film shout out all over the country with morris sides taking over high streets, a nightmare to co-ordinate but im sure it could be done, what about dancing at downing street,


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 04:33 AM

Does the BFI know?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 05:13 AM

Just to let people know that Lucy Akhurst (Director of said film) will be appearing on the Alan Titchmarsh show this afternoon. (ITV1 1500-1600 UK time).
Probably worth a watch...
Ralph


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 05:46 AM

ahh am at work cant watch and no record facillity damn, still an email to said company may work


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 10:33 AM

Thanks for the heads up on Lucy appearing on the Alan Titchmarsh show today, Ralphie. Just watched it.

The show opened with Morris dancing.

Lucy was joined by and Charles Thomas Oldham (Dereq Twist in the film) on the show, and what a plug for the film. Alan said that his jaws ached after watching the film and that it doesn't make fun of Morris dancing, but praises it (not his exact words, but that's the gist).

They have had about 110,000 hits on the website per week, which is apparently what a big hollywood movie would expect to get. Hopefully, those of us in the rest of the UK and the world will now get to see the film, not just you lucky ones in the South East.

Now's the time to sign the petition, if you haven't already done so.

I don't know if we'll be able to view the show on a play it again facility - anyone know?

This is really getting exciting, isn't it!

Cheers and keep dancing

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Ralphie
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 10:55 AM

Sadly don't think there is an I-Player facility for ITV. But it was a pretty good plug. As Sylvia says. now is the time to point your mates in the direction of Cat Moores petition.
Slum Morris Millionaire anyone? (After all they couldn't get a distributor either and got 7 Baftas last weekend!)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 11:14 AM

There is a sort-of I-player equivalent for IRC -

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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 11:17 AM

There is a kind of i-Player for ITV, not as good, and whether it will have this programme is another matter - but it's maybe worth trying - ITV Player


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 02:48 PM

Typical - the programme is NOT on the list of programmes from today that are available on the ITV Player, SO!!!.....

.....I've just sent emails to the department that is responsible for the web site and to the department that is responsible for programmes.

If enough of us do this, then this too could be made available so that we can all see it.

The content of the email is listed here - feel free to use or ammend as is necessary if you wish.

COME ON FOLKS!!!!!

Kev

*******************************************************
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - why isn't the alan Titchmarsh Show for Thursday
12th February, Re the Film Morris: A life With Bells On, available on the
ITV Player. You might be aware that there are serious moves to get this
film NATIONALLY distributed. Whilst it was FANTASTIC that you covered the
film in the programme, it would be even more helpful to our cause, if we
could access at any time over the next month, so that we can publicise it
to Morris Dancers who missed it, and more importantly, to our friends and
colleagues. PLEASE redirect to correct Dept if necessary :-)

*********************


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 12 Feb 09 - 08:03 PM

Sylvia .. I only wish that we in the South East had had the chance to see the film, but so far its restricted to the South West only. Boo hiss! However, I've now taken the opportunity to send a a copy of Kev's email with a supporting comment on to the viewerservices section of ITV .. who knows maybe we can bump it up from that direction as well ?? Every little roll of the snowball will help, I reckon... good to see that the Facebook group now has over 2000 members !!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Jane Bird
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 06:59 AM

Just something to amuse you: an article in the Oxford Mail about Cat Moore's petition


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: billybob
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 07:42 AM

I have e mailed my son, manager of the Fisher theatre in Bungay, if he can show the film I will post here so any catters in East Anglia can go see it!
Wendy


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 01:22 PM

Jane - thanks for the link!

Kitty (not sure if I've got a cookie at the moment, so this will help me to check!)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 14 Feb 09 - 02:12 PM

I've heard from elsewhere that the producers of the film have had hundreds of requests for the right to show it throughout the country, but are refusing them and actually holding out now for showing by a major chain. Looks as though the campaign may be working ... fingers crossed!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SylviaN
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 05:25 AM

Irene, sorry, South West it is - I never did get that 'O' level in Geography.

Kev - I'm just about to send an e-mail to ITV about the Alan Titchmarsh interview.

Cheers

Sylvia


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 05:49 AM

As Wolfie Smith would have said "Power to the people!" :-)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: SteveMansfield
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 06:57 AM

There's a good article about the film in today's UK Observer newspaper:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2009/feb/15/morris-dancing-life-with-bells


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 15 Feb 09 - 02:43 PM

Kev ...(saluting with power fist to the fore) ... Right on!!!

Just waiting to hear from a friend who drove to Dorset to see the film this weekend (lucky blighter!!)

Sylvia ... no apology necessary [grin]. I got a degree in the subject, and I still don't know where anywhere is!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Bainbo
Date: 17 Feb 09 - 08:30 PM

Received from the Tyneside Cinema (eventually, after a reminder):

Thanks for your enquiry about Morris: A Life With Bells On.

At the moment we have no plans to screen this film, but keep checking the Tyneside Cinema Website and future Events Guides as we may put it in on in the future.

Thanks


Chris Scott
Publicity and Press Officer


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: romany man
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:11 PM

Better resonse than, "piss off you wierdo" from manager at bexleyheath odeon multiplex


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 01:38 PM

Better resonse than, "piss off you wierdo" from manager at bexleyheath odeon multiplex

RM - that is outrageous. Any chance of getting a group of kitted out dancers (bells and sticks at the ready) to descend on that Odeon en force?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Edthefolkie
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 03:23 PM

Nothing less than baseball bats will suffice for people like that. Their idea of a really good film is probably "Sex Lives of the Potato Men" (yes folks, it got a national showing).

I've just about given up on Odeous and Vue now. What with popcorn all over the floor, mobiles constantly going off, out of focus prints, etc etc...may they go bankrupt. Harrumph harrumph, to quote Mel Brooks.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Surreysinger
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 03:32 PM

Well, I've heard back from my friend who has now seen the film, and reports disappointment ... they said that the film was rather slow moving, found it strange that the morris side in the film had no musicians, there was no "real" morris dancing in the film, and that the trailer basically contained all the good bits. Discussing it today I was told that the Californian morris dancers were the best thing about the whole film. I wait with interest to see it, and make my own mind up.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Folknacious
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 03:58 PM

I have a non-morris, normal member of public friend who saw it in Somerset last week. She absolutely loved it, and actually mentioned that the pace it unfolded suited the subject (slow in S.W. England, fast in California). Well, she knows more about film than morris. She described it as a very gentle, affectionate, odd little comedy, very English, obviously done with real love for the subject. Her words were "when it comes out on DVD I shall buy it for all my friends." I don't imagine she would have known the difference between "real" morris dancing and what might be in the film, and she didn't mention being surprised that they were dancing with no music though that does seem odd, I'll ask her about that as I'd read somewhere that people like Saul Rose and John Dipper did music for the film. Anyway there you are - that's what a member of the public made of it with no axes to grind. Good news by the sound of it.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: TheSnail
Date: 18 Feb 09 - 04:34 PM

I was beginning to wonder. It's been shown seven times on the Moviola circuit but reviews have been a bit thin on the ground. Anybody else seen it? Know anybody that's seen it? Read a review in a local paper? It might be a complete turkey for all we know.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 02:36 AM

There's plenty of reviews on the MDDL. Have you checked the petition site or the MySpace site (I think they have one)?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,sinky
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 11:32 AM

old farty men prancing around like graham norton on speed,not my cup a tea mateys


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 02:55 PM

The latest episode of oz and james drink to Britain may or may not have helped! James seems to have had a great time playing with the musicians, but Oz ran away from the stick dance....

What Cornish side was that BTW?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 03:42 PM

just seen the trailer & signed the petition . One minor thing, what's this about morriss being English ? Has Derek Jacobi never heard of Welsh border morriss

Jude


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 19 Feb 09 - 03:45 PM

On Oz and James, I definitely had the feeling that wasn't the first time James had played for a morris side.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 04:26 AM

It was Trigg Morris


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 07:50 AM

I have seen it, and enjoyed it.

If you are looking for "real" Morris, apart from a few clips at Wimborne Folk Fest, there isn't any.
If you are looking for slapstick, car chases, wild sex, fast action, gratuitous violence, well I wouldn't bother if I were you.

But, as Folknacious says above, it is a gentle, entertaining, funny, English comedy that takes a poke at humanity via the Morris. It isn't really about Morris, although dancers will get a few more chuckles out of it than perhaps the wider public, and folk from south-west England likewise.

The mostly-non Morris audience at Fordingbridge gave the film/producer/lead actor an enormous and unexpected ovation. I guess that meant they liked it.

I am thinking of going to watch it again, probably at Downton, 'cos I'm sure I missed stuff on the first viewing and I spent far too much time at the end looking for familiar sides and faces.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Malcolm
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 07:54 AM

Jude,

"One minor thing, what's this about morriss being English ? Has Derek Jacobi never heard of Welsh border morriss"

From the English side of teh border border with Wales? :-)

Although, in context, he was talking about something resembling Cotswold Morris. And, unless they've moved them in the last few weeks, the Cotswolds have been in England for a fair old time now...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,Morris Off
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 08:46 AM

Saw "Morris: A Life With Bells On" last week and afraid I have to report disappointment too. A very thin storyline, very slow and obviously filmed on a very low budget - they couldn't even aford the seventh actor to play the part of a musician.

Saw it in a Dorset village hall and by far the biggest laugh (and there aren't enough of these) was for "Dorcester International Airport".


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: NOMADMan
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 07:53 PM

There was a segment about the movie on American Public Media's radio program Marketplace this evening, Friday, February 20.

Marketplace Morris Movie Segment

Regards,
John


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Subject: Morris. A Life with Bells On. Film
From: GUEST,bernieandred
Date: 20 Feb 09 - 09:14 PM

Just heard about a movie of this title which has been screened in a few places, but is having difficulty finding a distributor. Surely not? The movie-going 15 to 25 age group must surely be ready for this. Frantic music, gaudy costumes, cross dressing & the underlying hint of violence from those wooden sticks! Seriously though. has anyone seen it?
    Message moved to previous thread on this subject.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 21 Feb 09 - 06:59 AM

I left a comment on the Marketplace item (link left by NOMAD). My comment directs readers, here and the Facebook group and petitions.

HERE'S AN IDEA!

google - "Morris A Life with bells on". Go to every link it yields and if there is an option to leave comments do so. In your comment, leave links to this thread and other sites where comments can be collected. Such as Facebook and the petitions (there is more than one going).

Can you set up a Morris movie interest thingamie on your Myspace? If so, do so and invite comments. This will generate more hits when the film is googled. Currently the title in quotes only gets 3,690 hits.

If we build up the google hits to a respectable number, it may make distributors think again about this film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 07:30 AM

Anyone going to the showing at Downton in March?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 25 Feb 09 - 07:33 AM

As another bloke from Poole, remind me of the date please.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 26 Feb 09 - 07:59 AM

It's being shown at Downton on Sat 21st March, kick off 7.30 (prob doors open at 7.00)

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Georgina Lester
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 09:02 AM

I have written a review of "Morris: A Life with Bells On" if any of you are interested!

Feel free to register on the site and add your comments if you feel inspired to! :)

http://www.arts-wales.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=145&Itemid=651


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Alan Day
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 09:11 AM

The best chance of this film getting national screening is for the BBC to feature it.I wonder if it is worth contacting the BBC to see if they will screen it.A low budget film with exclusive showing would suit the BBC perfectly.
Al


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,ticket searcher
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 05:59 AM

How do you get tickets for the Downton showing?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 07:59 AM

It's being shown at the Barrington Theatre, in Ferndown on Tuesday 17 March at 1415. Tickets are £5 and Bourne River Morris are dancing outside before the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 08:26 AM

Re Downton - looks like they are only being sold on the door. I looked for a way to pre-book but couldn't find one.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 08:49 AM

You can pre-book for Ferndown: 01202-894858


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Woody
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 07:40 AM

I saw the film last night & really enjoyed it. It's not just for Morris folks - there's a lot of fun for everyone.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 03:33 PM

There is a second showing planned for Ferndown - Thurs 2nd April at 7.30


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jane of 'ull
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 07:27 PM

I reckon they could have made this film more popular by having the Morris dancers incorporate some stripping into their routine. I can see it now - 'The Full Hanky'!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jane of 'ull
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 07:28 PM

...'You Can Keep Your Bell On'!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: open mike
Date: 22 Mar 09 - 03:29 PM

is this film going to be available in the u.s.?

here is some info i posted to another thread...
about morris may day activities

http://rgoldman.org/morris/mayday
THE MORRIS MAYDAY THING IS GOING ON ALL OVER THE GLOBE

Oh, and what are baldrics?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baldric


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tradsinger
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 05:21 AM

This thread has gone quiet. Does anyone know what the latest is for getting the film on general release? Important to keep up the pressure.

Tradsinger


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: John J
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 05:55 AM

Is it going to be released on DVD? It would appear that's the only way we're going to be able to see it in NW England.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 10:55 AM

Someone has loaded it into the IMDB. Only 6 ratings on it though. Googling it you find out there are some interest groups and different petitions, but if they are not coordinated it still only looks like a handful of interested people here and there.

I dunno what else to do.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 13 Apr 09 - 05:50 PM

Just in case people missed Georgina Lester's mention a few weeks back of her recent review of the film, here is a link to it - "Morris: A Life with Bells On" – The funniest film I've seen in years.

Maybe what's needed is for someone to demand that it gets banned...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 02:21 AM

reverse psychology. i like it. but will it work?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 07:18 AM

It is coming to the end of its Moviola run. Ferndown (capacity 250) arranged a second showing and sold out.

I have heard rumours that there are negotiations with a distributor, but nothing more solid than that.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 14 Apr 09 - 11:36 AM

'Bloke from Poole' - please keep us posted if rumour becomes fact.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:52 AM

"Bloke from Poole" - any more news?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 12:47 PM

According to the Morris: A Life With Bells On Facebook page, they are presently talking to distributors.

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=124629910009


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,E. Spanier, Squire, Mossyback Morris Men
Date: 04 May 09 - 11:39 PM

With the help of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)Morris: A Life With Bells On will be making its first (and hopefully not only, but we don't know yet) appearance in the U.S. on Saturday May 23 at 11:00 AM and Sunday May 24th at 7:00 PM. A strong showing here will help it get a U.S. distributor, which it needs in order to be shown in other cities.

We are asking those close or wish to travel to consider coming to Seattle for Memorial Day weekend. Bring your kit! Dance at the premiere! We are planning a mass dance-out on Saturday after the screening at 12:30 or so. WE WANT TO GET AS MANY DANCERS IN KIT AS POSSIBLE FOR THE PRESS AND TO HYPE THE FILM. The film will be screened in the same venue as the NW Folklife Festival www.nwfolklife.org which conveniently also happens Memorial Day weekend. We are hoping to make its U.S. opening a media-covered event and your participation will make that possible.

BREAKING NEWS: Chaz Oldham will be in attendance to whip up support for the film. He is the producer/writer and star of the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 May 09 - 12:08 AM

Yahoo! We'll get a chance to catch it!

~ Becky in Tucson
but heading to Seattle for Folklife with astro


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST, Squire, MBMM
Date: 05 May 09 - 12:49 AM

Yep! Spread the word to all. Any and all Morris dancers welcome. E-mail me for logistical support: squire@mossyback.com


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 05 May 09 - 07:05 AM

In the UK it was shown at a number of small venues. As time went on, people were increasingly finding that the venues sold out, sometimes weeks in advance.

Might be worth checking - or just turn up for a dance :-)

But well done to whoever organised it!

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 May 09 - 07:47 AM

We need an east coast showing. Keep us posted.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 May 09 - 08:25 AM

Hell! We need a total UK showing ...

PRETTY PLEASE


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 May 09 - 12:15 PM

may as well push this thread to 200 posts


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,MALWBO fan
Date: 05 May 09 - 10:04 PM

Hey did you hear about the movie coming to Seattle?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 06 May 09 - 12:30 AM

Um, yeah, about 4 or 5 post back... yesterday...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 01:26 AM

Heard on the Morris list, but not personally verified:

http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/

Stratford upon Avon, Exeter, Bath and probably others, are releasing it on Sunday 27th September.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Cat
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 03:13 AM

I had an email from Lucy (director) yesterday - Morris is being released on 27th September with the premiere in London on the 24th.

Success!

Cat x


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Surreysinger
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 05:20 AM

But only at those cinemas ?? Oh phooey ... none of them a "picturehouse near you" for me .... oh well, roll on the DVD.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jemma Gurney
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 05:44 AM

Message from the producer runs thus:

Dear Follower of Morris

GREAT NEWS!

Thanks in no small part to you, we have a deal with the Picturehouse/City Screen chain of cinemas to give Morris a national release from the 27th September 2009.

The film will open on the following screens on that Sunday, so save the date and let's make the
27th of September into St Morris Day!

The Little Theatre, Bath
Exeter Picturehouse
Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton
Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames
Cinema City, Norwich
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
Stratford on Avon Picturehouse
City Screen, York
The Cameo, Edinburgh
Belmont, Aberdeen
The Screen at Oxted
The Screen at Reigate
The Screen at Winchester
The Ritz Cinema, Belper

Other dates and venues will be added, but I wanted to let you know the good news straight away!

We could not have got this far without your help. We at Twist Films have been humbled by the support you have given us. Your emails, letters and comments on the petition have given us hope and laughter in our darkest moments. Your belief in the film has strengthened ours.

I would like to end with a comment from the petition:

"We will fight them on the Village Green.
We will fight them at the Villlage Fete.
We will fight them in the Village Pub.
And we will NEVER surrender!"

Thank you. This dance is for you.

Lucy


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 05:45 AM

Here is the email they have just sent around:
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MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON

Dear Follower of Morris

GREAT NEWS!

Thanks in no small part to you, we have a deal with the Picturehouse/City Screen chain of cinemas to give Morris a national release from the 27th September 2009.

The film will open on the following screens on that Sunday, so save the date and let's make the 27th of September into St Morris Day!

The Little Theatre, Bath
Exeter Picturehouse
Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton
Regal Picturehouse, Henley-on-Thames
Cinema City, Norwich
Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford
Stratford on Avon Picturehouse
City Screen, York
The Cameo, Edinburgh
Belmont, Aberdeen
The Screen at Oxted
The Screen at Reigate
The Screen at Winchester
The Ritz Cinema, Belper

Other dates and venues will be added, but I wanted to let you know the good news straight away!

We could not have got this far without your help. We at Twist Films have been humbled by the support you have given us. Your emails, letters and comments on the petition have given us hope and laughter in our darkest moments. Your belief in the film has strengthened ours.

I would like to end with a comment from the petition:

"We will fight them on the Village Green.
We will fight them at the Villlage Fete.
We will fight them in the Village Pub.
And we will NEVER surrender!"

Thank you. This dance is for you.

Lucy

Twist Films

http://www.morrismovie.com
Twist Films Morris Ltd 2009


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: doncatterall
Date: 22 Jul 09 - 08:37 AM

How about getting a side to dance at each venue - I've already contacted Banchory Ternan MM in Aberdeenshire about this.

Don


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Vic Smith
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 12:43 PM

This from Nicky White (harbourlights@picturehouses.co.uk) of the Harbour Lights Picturehouse, Southampton

Hi there,

I am writing from Harbour Lights Picturehouse in Ocean Village, to let you know that we will be showing MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON at 3pm on Sunday September 27th. If a group of you were interested in coming to see the film I am sure we would be able to arrange a group booking discount for you.

Please get in touch if you are interested or if you would like any further information.

Thank you for your time

Regards

Nicky White
Marketing Officer


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: John J
Date: 29 Jul 09 - 06:16 PM

I have emailed The Cornerhouse in Manchester to see if they might consider screening the film. I'll report back.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:46 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mike of Hessle
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 08:25 AM

Bought tickets at the weekend for the screening in York - Looking forward to seeing the film.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: SylviaN
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 01:27 PM

Keith and I will be going to see the film at Belper.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: daughter
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:07 PM

Can't find an East Anglian showing! Any news anyone?

thanks
Alie


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: daughter
Date: 26 Aug 09 - 06:46 PM

ooooops! Just reread above and saw the Norwich one...........bit far for me still! Here's hoping for more.....


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Black Belt Caterpillar Wrestler
Date: 27 Aug 09 - 07:31 AM

John O'Gaunt Morris members are threatening to go to the screening at The Dukes in Lancaster on Monday 12th October in kit, me included.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 10:34 AM

The sound track has been released:

Malcolm
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MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON

Dear Follower of Morris

Twist Films is pleased to announce that Dreamboat Records will be releasing the Morris: A Life With Bells On Original Soundtrack on the 28th of September 2009. The soundtrack is available for pre-order NOW through the Dreamboat Records Store at http://www.dreamboatrecords.co.uk/morris/.

As a special offer, all pre-orders received before the 19th of September will be entered into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Morris: A Life With Bells On film premiere in Leicester Square, London on the 24th of September. In addition, 50 randomly selected pre-orders received before the 28th of September will receive a copy of the CD soundtrack signed by Chaz Oldham (star of the film) and director Lucy Akhurst. If that wasn't enough, all pre-ordered CDs will come with a unique download code for four extra, exclusive bonus tracks.

The soundtrack comes packed with 31 magnificent tracks written by Richard Lumsden ranging from traditional folk music to orchestral arrangements to pieces that will ensure your Morris gear gets a workout. (If you don't have any yet, you will be buying some after watching the film!) No scrimping on quality either with some of the country's best folk musicians (John Dipper , Saul Rose and Laurel Swift) getting involved to create this magnificent soundtrack.

And if you just can't wait, head to http://www.dreamboatrecords.co.uk/morris/ to hear some previews and more information.

Twist Films

http://www.morrismovie.com
Twist Films Morris Ltd 2009


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: DMcG
Date: 28 Aug 09 - 01:09 PM

... Morris: A Life With Bells On film premiere in Leicester Square, London on the 24th of September. ...

A bit late for a premiere, all things considered, but very welcome all the same!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jane of' ull
Date: 29 Aug 09 - 10:49 AM

Will it be coming out on DVD?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 07:19 AM

Hi Jane
It's to be shown in 'ull (a couple of screenings, perhaps.)

Scroll down for detailshttp://friendsofhullscreen.co.uk/programme.html


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mike of Hessle
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 07:28 AM

Uuurrgghh !!!

Would be shown in Hull after I have boughts tickets for the Cinema in York.

Still if it is shown in October I will go again - to Hull Screen


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 05:34 AM

see cresby.com for Mid West of England Screenings eg
Wotton under Edge 27 Sept, two showings in the Town cinema, one with real Morris dancing.

Gloucester Guildhall with several Morris sides beforehand, Lassington Oak & Gloucester MM on different days.
Friday 23rd October at 7.45pm
Saturday 24th October at 10.45am
Wednesday 28th October (Big Scream) at 7.45pm
Thursday 29th October at 7.45pm

PS dunno what a Big Scream is but they are doing it a lot at the


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mr Red
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 05:35 AM

Guildhall


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,.spideman
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 11:54 AM

Have emailed the Cornerhouse in Manchester to try and get them to show this film - otherwise the nearest place seems to be Liverpool.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 12:38 PM

The movie "Morris: A Life With Bells On" is on at The Forum Cinema in Hexham this Sunday (27 September) at 5.30 pm.

Hexham Morrismen, Hexhamshire Lasses, and other local sides will be dancing in (or near) the Market Square beforehand, from around 4.00.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 01:47 PM

In Henley on Thames on Sunday !!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: romanyman
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 04:20 PM

even on the news tonight, whatever next border morris in the aisle of cinemas ? i do hope so.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 24 Sep 09 - 06:53 PM

And I have just been told its at Norden Park , Maidenhead 20th of October .


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bainbo
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 02:51 AM

Look what's on the Press Association news wires today:



The star of a new film about Morris dancing said tonight that he hoped it would help the "quintessentially English" pastime flourish.

Sir Derek Jacobi insisted that the tradition would never die out as colourfully-dressed Morris men danced for crowds at the premiere of Morris: A Life With Bells On in London's Leicester Square.

Actors including Emma Thompson, husband Greg Wise, Sir Derek and Harriet Walter attended the premiere of the comedy faux-documentary which follows the fortunes of Millsham Morris, one of the leading sides in the country.

Sir Derek, who plays traditionalist Quentin Neely, said the film was made with "no budget, no money, but a lot of heart, love and passion".

He said he hoped it would help Morris dancing flourish, adding: "It will survive whatever anybody says. It's a wonderfully eccentric part of English tradition. It's quintessentially English."

Charles Thomas Oldham wrote and produced the film and starred as its leading character, Derecq Twist.

He said: "I was immersed in Morris dancing from a young age. It's in my DNA."

Oldham's wife, Lucy Akhurst, who directed the film and appeared in it as a physiotherapist, said she hoped it would be picked up in the United States.

She added: "We'd love to take it to the States and introduce the world to the Morris."


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: romanyman
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 04:59 AM

its on in greenwich on nov 1 and 2


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 05:30 AM

Is it being shown anywhere in London on 1st October?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 02:38 PM

There's an item on the film on tonight's Front Row, BBC Radio 4, but the programme is still running, so not yet available on Listen Again.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: John J
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 02:50 PM

It's being shown in Liverpool on Saturday 10th October at 4pm here
.

Any Sides going? Bollin Morris are trying to organise a train trip > pub > dance > film session > pub / dance (?) > train home.

JJ


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: romanyman
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 04:04 PM

manager at bexleyheath odeon sticks to his and i quote, piss off you fucking weirdo, attitude so i guess its not going to be shown there then.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 04:17 PM

Then he is a complete wanker is he not?? When he is next picking his nose on the lavatory after the success of the film, he will kick himself - hopefully in the balls!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tootler
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 05:32 PM

It was featured on GMTV this morning, though there was the inevitable undertone of giggles from the presenters.

It turned out one of the cameramen was a Morris man, so I hope he had words with them after the show.

Nevertheless, this is a case of all publicity is good publicity as I think some of it was the embarrassment of the English at something they see as somewhat cranky and are not confident enough to say "its ours and no one else's"


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 09:13 PM

This Sunday coming in Edinburgh at the Cameo at 4pm: got my ticket, and few more of us from Scots Music Group going! (with or without bells on!)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 25 Sep 09 - 10:31 PM

She added: "We'd love to take it to the States and introduce the world to the Morris."

Hmm. Not a remark that would go over well with a number of sides over here...

But, I s'pose she meant other theater-goers over here...

~ Becky in Long Beach this week


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 10:33 AM

Does anyone have access to the 'Blighty' channel? This looks interesting.
http://uktv.co.uk/network/item/aid/629731


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 10:34 AM

http://uktv.co.uk/network/item/aid/629731
This is the one!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 01:28 PM

Wonderful film, must see it again sometime. We had morris dancing in the cinema!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mrs_Annie
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 01:35 PM

Enjoyed the film (in Cambridge) and the TV programme, but one criticism. The lack of musicians playing for the dancing was noticeable. The writer and producer who were there for a Q&A session, said it was due to lack of budget to pay the musicians. I wonder how much (or how little) they would have done it for?

They said the soundtrack is released tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: John J
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 03:35 PM

Re: paying the musicians: "I wonder how much (or how little) they would have done it for?"

Probably the same amount dancers normally get paid....nowt!

JJ


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 04:18 PM

http://www.4shared.com/file/135830561/934c3151/Northwood.html

http://www.4shared.com/file/135830565/9421f548/Audience.html

Two photos from inside the cinema, Northwood Morris for whom I played electric guitar in the 1980/1990s and the audience!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 05:27 PM

Pretty good film. One thing that struck me was the quality of the acting - I thought several actors had to be major stars I'd somehow not recognized, but on looking at the credits realized they were just about all unknowns (Dominique Pinon apart). They dominated the screen with total confidence (two that really made an impression were the black girl and the batty academic with her pile of Readers Digest Condensed Books).

One small plot hole. What did anybody actually DO to change the Morris Circle's mind? There should have been something to imply in at least vague terms that somebody had done something pretty persuasive, but you didn't find out a thing.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jane Bird (without cookie)
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 05:39 PM

There were some fairly well known actors in it, I thought. Derek Jacobi is the obvious one, but Harriet Walter as the batty academic, Sophie Thompson as Will's missis and Ian Hart as the Moss Side Squire.

I take you're point, though, that the leading characters were played by really good actors who aren't as well known.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lovely camera work - it looked beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 07:54 PM

Twas on in Exeter tonight, but sold out! I missed it, but thet are putting it onn a couple of more times to meet demand. Well done the makers etc for taking a chance.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 08:20 PM

Great afternoon! I think some of the more Morris-y jokes went over the heads of some of the Scottish audience, but there was plenty of laughter, if no dancing. I also noticed the lack of musicians. Harriet Walter (Emeritus Professor of International Folk Dance, Cambridge University, no less) played a blinder as did Derek Jacobi as the CEO of the Morris Circle in his resplendent London office overlooking the "gherkin"! As for the very camp Californian team...........!
It was just one showing in the Cameo's smallest auditorium and sold out: I expect the bigger halls were half-empty! I'd be more than happy to see it again!
There was also a recruiting drive going on to start an Edinburgh Morris team, with plenty of folk signing up either to dance or to play for the dancers. (and yes, we'll prob all do it for nowt, John J!)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 09:24 PM

They showed it in Aberdeen yesterday. Rob danced with Banchory Morris before, during, and after the film.'During' was because they were having technical problems playing the film, and the audience was entertained with more live Morris dancing while they were trying to get it going. Unfortunately, it broke down again in almost the same place, so they never got to watch the end.

I hope they can show it again, after I get there. I missed out by 13 days! Still in Oz, but not for much longer! I haven't seen the film yet, but I really want to. Rob said it was hilarious!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 27 Sep 09 - 09:40 PM

Screen 1 at the Regal Playhouse in Henley was full yesterday and the show was preceded by 1 hour of dancing from two sides in the cinema courtyard, liberally aided (in my case) by bottles of Henley Dark.

The film was all I expected of it and more - wouldn't have missed it for the world. I had tears of laughter in my eyes throughout most of it. The jokes were coming thick and fast and most were not "in jokes" so should be understood by a general audience(how about the Frenchman's "Cantona" dictum? Or the very name "Moss Side" with the thick Liverpudlian accent and the tattoos and rings?). I also noted Saul Rose and Paul Sartin among the muso credits - good for the lads!

Jack Campin, the Moss Side Squire did say that "words were had" with the CEO of the Morris Circle implying persuasion tactics reminiscent of the real Moss Side's gang warfare of old - and let the imagination fill in the rest!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mike of Hessle
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 03:07 AM

We saw the film in York yesterday and the Morris teams dancing outside before. Really excellent film (very funny) - should be made compulsory viewing for all those who like the devils dance - Line dancing (Ha! Ha!).

It was sold out and I noticed that when I originally bought our tickets the Cinema showed only one screening for yesterday but when we came out after the screening we noticed other times shown so must have been shown twice (!!) yesterday because of demand. I know it is to be shown on 2nd October in York accoring to the Programme.

We were laughing most of the way home and wondered if they will make another film - Traditional Folk Singing - A life with ones finger in the ear.

We are all going to see it when it is screened in Hull next month.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mrs_Annie
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 05:22 AM

The soundtrack is available now on Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 06:24 AM

Bath was sold-out too. I was always going to Wotton-under-Edge. A charming little cinema. Teas in the Town Hall, Morris opposite.

The film? Wow! I always rate a film on the continuity errors I spot. When bored it is all I have left for entertainment. Yesterday I didn't spot one. There may not have been any but I wouldn't bet on it, I just didn't look for them. Says it all really, a very professional film, especially for the 500,000 GBP it cost to make. And getting Derek Jacobi must have lifted their game. And the critics liked it (not that that ever made my mind up).

I don't really care what the subject is next time - I just know it will be a well made film. I hope money doesn't spoil their close observation lavished on "Morris". But they certainly will have more dosh at their disposal.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 06:27 AM

Dorset International Airport! ho ho ho. If that had been Hollywood writing it I rather think that would have been telegraphed out of the realms of humour.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 06:41 AM

The Problem withgoing to see a film in a Riverside Tourist town on a Sunny afternoon ! Drove round til it was too late ti get to the cinema and couldnt find a legal parking space ! At least there IS Norden Park next month !


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 07:11 AM

It so happens that there IS a Dorchester Airport, but it's in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Transatlantic flights from your local airstrip? Whyever not?

I thought Moss Side was Manchester, but the accent was Liverpool: prob just another of those jokes, as was the guy in the team who was on international secondment (or something like that) from Newcastle-on-Tyne!

And a friend thought there was a definite but subtle ref to Hammersmith Morris in it too.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Homme de Morris
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 01:05 PM

The folk musicians of England, in the form of Martin and Eliza Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Jim Moray (and Kate Nash) talk about their debt to Derecq Twist - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZNewPqXphI


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,cardboard cutout
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 01:20 PM

You beat me to it in trying to work out how to make the link.

High praise indeed.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 02:36 PM

Okay, this is the first half of the theme tune, as it appears in that trailer. Did you ever get to hear a second part in the film?

X:1
T:Millsham Morris
M:C|
L:1/8
Q:1/2=94
K:A Minor
A2c2 e4|d2e2 B4|A2c2 e4 |gf2e d2e2|
A2c2 e4|d2e2 B4|cBA2 G2B2|A8      :|


Seems to me somebody will want to dance to it...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Chris Partington
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 03:11 PM

Leeds Wed 30th Sept, 8.30, Hyde Park Picture House

Leeds


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 03:41 PM

Bloody hell! When is it coming to Essex?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: romanyman
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 03:50 PM

wots essex, is that a porno site = e sex, ha ha


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 28 Sep 09 - 06:53 PM

Coverage of the premiere with Hammersmith and Phoenix dancing, and comments from Harriet Walter on youtube, here !

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,QUAD, Derby
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 04:41 AM

Hi all Morris movie fans. Just to let you know, if you haven't seen it already we are showing the film from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October here at QUAD in Derby.

See here for details and bookings

http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/whats-on/cinema-listings/morris-a-life-with-bells-on-12a


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 06:31 AM

MALWBO pulled a capacity crowd into Hexham's Forum Cinema on Sunday afternoon. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and so did everyone I spoke with afterwards. Before the show, dancing in the Market Square by several North-Eastern sides also attracted a large and enthusiastic audience, many of whom joined in a massed Circassian Circle after the final display dance.

The Forum is one of those civilised cinemas that not only has a bar, but also allows patrons to take their (plastic) glasses into the auditorium. This facility enhanced many people's enjoyment of the movie, and the few who over-indulged only added to the entertainment as they jingled to and from the loo during the performance.

Now that my euphoria has subsided a little, I suspect the film will not achieve the same level of success as other recent movies about plucky small-town Brits fighting for a good cause, like "Calendar Girls", "Brassed Off", or "The Full Monty". It lacks the high surface gloss those movies displayed, and the environment it's set in will be less comprehensible to a mass audience. But given the relative inexperience of its makers, and the miniscule budget they were working with, the film is a very remarkable achievement. I'm sure that it will earn itself a respectable niche in British movie history.

All in all, a good day for the Morris, and for the folk arts in general - now the challenge is to follow it up by getting more people interested, and involved, in them.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 08:53 AM

But what about this Thursday (1st.)? Is it being shown anywhere in London?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:00 AM

Provisional details for Hull Screen (at the Reel cinema complex, St Stephens Ferensway): two showings on Friday 23rd October at 6.20pm and 8.40 pm.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Santa
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 11:31 AM

Any dates for Blackpool/Preston/Lancaster?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 12:05 PM

Lancaster, the Dukes October 12th. I have my tickets already.
John O' Gaunt members will be going in kit (no hats!) but unlikely to dance as there isn't really a suitable dance surface nearby.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: mouldy
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 02:45 PM

Saw it in York on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are to be a few more dates in October, I think.

By the way, Naomi Harris was in the 2nd and 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean movies, playing Calypso.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 05:18 PM

Manchester?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 07:49 AM

Anyone know if the UKTV "Morris: In the Making" is going to be shown again?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:02 PM

Bloody hell

The nearest screening to where I live is Greenwich London or Haverhill Suffolk, both of them an hour drive away. That just sucks.

I don't understand it. The blinking Morris Ring HQ is in Essex. Surely the film should play in Essex. What is the Squire doing? Why has he not demanded it be shown at the nearest Independent Theatre to Thaxted Essex?

What do I have to do to get this film a screening in Essex. Who do I have to yell at?

This is so not fair!

~



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~


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pant pant pant

sigh ok rant over.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:26 PM

Anyone we know?
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/8282498.stm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:38 PM

I don't know the members of Hunter's Moon Morris, but they are one of my favorites when I go to Rochester Sweeps.

I think it is because when I first saw them it was couple of years after Andie passed away and there was a young woman on the side who (even under black face) looked so much like my Andie it startled me.

Hunter's Moon put on a very energetic and noisy show.

http://www.huntersmoonmorris.co.uk/


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Noreen
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:40 PM

VT- why not ask your local cinema?

Why has he not demanded...

I don't think ANYONE is in a position to demand anything. All we can do is ask- and if enough people ask, then they will think it worth their while to show it!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 02:45 PM

Noreen

I have sent a couple of emails to my borough council who manages the local independent theatre.

No reply.


I was just having a bit of a rant. We will probably drive up to Suffolk for the screening in November.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Noreen
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 03:58 PM

Hmmm- council-run theatres... but hey, keep trying!

I have just had a reply from the Electric theatre in Birmingham, nearest place showing it. They have two weekend matinee performances planned, and I asked if they had plans for any further showings, in the evenings. Chap said it depends how well the current ones do- if they do well he can 'almost guarantee' more performances.

He said they are doing well with bookings for one showing, when a morris side are coming to dance- so looks very promising.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 01 Oct 09 - 07:16 AM

I'm annoyed I missed 'Morris:The Making Of' on UKTV's Blighty channel, it's so difficult to plan anything on the Sky schedule, there's so much stuff there (much of it crap) that I tend to just survey what's on currently or in the next hour, that's the only way I find I can manage it! It's just too time-consuming attempting to plan any further ahead than that!

Anyone heard if it's going to be screened again?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,MD in Lincoln
Date: 06 Oct 09 - 03:01 AM

Does anyone know if the film is to be shown anywhere in the Lincoln area or have I missed it ??


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 10:32 AM

Have just checked with the Hull Screen box office.(01482 223113)

They had planned two showings for Fri Oct 23 at 6.20 and 8.40; have now added three on Sat 24th at 2.20, 6.20 and 8.40.

I don't know whether any local teams will be dancing on those days.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 08 Oct 09 - 11:05 AM

http://www.morrismovie.com/ says it's not showing anywhere in Lincolnshire, MD- try asking local cinemas if they will?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Oct 09 - 06:48 PM

Saw it this evening at Norden Park Maidenhead ! Absolutely BRILL !!!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 21 Oct 09 - 12:37 PM

The Showroom Cinema has agreed to show it in Sheffield !! YES!!

But at the moment they are suggesting that they should show it between Xmas and New Year.

I have pointed out that may not be the best time because people could have difficulty raising teams to publicise it.

BUT they are willing to be guided on this one. A quick expression of opinion might help them decide. Contact me here please and I will pass on your thoughts.

Dave (also asking on Facebook)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mr Red
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:07 AM

FWIW I have a list of known screenings still in my area on my homepage


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: JennyO
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 06:38 AM

They are showing the film again at the Picture Theatre in Aberdeen this Sunday, 25th October, at 1.15pm. Banchory Morris will be dancing before and after the showing.

Lets hope they have better luck with showing it than they did last time!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: doncatterall
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 03:05 PM

JennyO,

What was the problem when it was shown last time?
If it's definitely taking place this Sunday I will try to get to Aberdeen and turn up in morris kit.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:11 PM

We want it out on DVD now !!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Bettynh
Date: 22 Oct 09 - 07:37 PM

Netflix has it listed so it can go in my queue as soon as it's released on DVD. So there's going to be a DVD, eventually.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Steve
Date: 23 Oct 09 - 12:30 PM

Going to see it tonight with my side Lassington Oak MM. Dancing before the film and taking over the café bar afterwards. Looking forward to it :-)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: doncatterall
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 05:27 AM

Heading off to Aberdeen this afternoon to see the film tomorrow (making full use of my newly acquired bus/ferry passes!).

Morris kit packed to cadge a dance with Banchory!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Willa
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 08:18 AM

Hull Screen (within the Reel complex)showings

Sat 24th 13:20 18:20 20:40 | Sun 25th 13:20 18:20 20:40 | Mon 26th 18:20 20:40 | Tue 27th 18:20 20:40 | Wed 28th 18:20 20:40 | Thu 29th Oct 18:20 20:40


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 24 Oct 09 - 07:52 PM

Would have loved to have gone to see it....don't think it'll get put on in the picccy centre on Orkney. Am orf island mid November for a few days to Selby possibly.

Where u going from Don?

Can't wait for the DVD.....no release date yet?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: doncatterall
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 06:35 AM

Arrive back home last night (to Lewis, Eric)

Danced with Banchory outside the cinema on Sunday and saw the film then danced after in the bar.
Comp ticket for the film AND a free pint!! (although it was Czech lager). Top marks to the Belmont Picture House.

The film is TOTAL nonsense as far as morris is concerned but quite funny. The gay side in California were stars! Not many people in the audience so maybe the decision not to put it on general release was commercially sound.

Don


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Jack Campin
Date: 27 Oct 09 - 08:48 PM

Some people at the Edinburgh screening were taking names for people interested in doing this locally. I put my name down (as a musician; I do not do dancing that requires that much memory). They had a lot of names, but I haven't heard anything. Were they serious?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 01:24 PM

So, doncatterall, which one were you? I was there, with Rob, who danced a couple and also played melodeon. I got most of the dances on video too.

The problem last time was that they had sent a DVD rather than a proper film, and there were problems with the DVD continually stopping, and eventually refusing to work at all. This time they had the proper one, and it was fine.

You certainly had to suspend disbelief completely, but it was a lot of fun. At least the final dance in the movie was a proper Morris dance, not the threeple whatever one that was much talked about :)


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Mick Tems
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 01:58 PM

Just had the following missive from Sian Thomas, director of trac, the all-Wales folk development organisation:

"Yvonne at the Arts Council has just told me that there will be a screening of Morris: A Life with Bells On at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 27 Nov - 3 Dec:   http://www.chapter.org/17725.html

Hurrah! Been waiting to see it!"


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: sian, west wales
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 03:43 PM

Hey, we should have a Mini-Mudgather and all go together!

sian


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 07:16 PM

My Bro is most cheesed ! He's an Ex Morris man , and cant get to see the film as the nearest showng is about 90 Minutes drive and he does NOT like late night driving !


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Oct 09 - 07:16 PM

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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: doncatterall
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 06:34 AM

Leadfingers

A 90 minute drive - luxury!! - I left home at 1:45pm on Saturday and arrived back at 8:30pm on Monday to see the film on Sunday!!

JennyO

I was the one wearing Wadard not Banchory kit. I did ask one or two people if they knew "JennyO" but to no avail.

Don


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: JennyO
Date: 29 Oct 09 - 01:59 PM

What a shame we didn't connect, Ron. No, the only one who would have known me was Rob. I've only just moved there myself, and was only just getting to know some of them myself that day. Who knows, there might be other occasions...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 06:10 AM

Has anyone noticed the advert for Nestle whole grain breakfast cereals? I suspect the Morris world has now (because of the film) penetrated the speedy marketing fraternity. I don't knock the trend - the ad will make Morris tunes and dancing that bit more "normal" in the eyes of the average pleb.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 08:40 PM

The Plough in Torrington (North Devon) is the place to be on Friday 13th November if you want to see 'the film'. Exmoor Border Morris and Bideford Phoenix will be dancing beforehand.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Old Vermin
Date: 30 Oct 09 - 09:20 PM

Mr Red - "the ad will make Morris tunes and dancing that bit more "normal" in the eyes of the average pleb. "

What a way to refer to the general public. Who may of course look down on us.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 31 Oct 09 - 06:29 AM

The plebs I refer to are the likes of the panelists on the "News Quiz" (think "Have I got News for You" without pictures)

On a programme a few years back they started laughing just at the word Morris, not what followed. I am not exagerating. When I e-mailed them and pondered the situation, adding - 'are they not proud to be English?', they replied "None of us are English". AFAIK they were all British (or UK citizens at least). And all of them Uni graduates.
I don't ever see them laughing at the words "Irish Dance" or Scottish etc.

Now call me dismissive but "pleb" is the politest word for people who can laugh at a single word. It is not metaphore, it is supercilious.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 09:52 AM

@ Chapter - Cardiff tonight

Times of showing:

Friday, 27/11/09 8:45PM
        
Saturday, 28/11/09 12:30PM

Saturday, 28/11/09 6:00PM

Monday, 30/11/09 6:00PM

Tuesday, 1/12/09 2:30PM

Tuesday, 1/12/09 8:45PM

Wednesday, 2/12/09 6:00PM

Thursday, 3/12/09 8:45PM


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 09:56 AM

Which UK TV channel is it most likely to be shown on and when ?
BBC 4 would be best choice as part of a morris themed evening event.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 10:49 AM

I don't think anyone has mentioned it so far (and I have looked) it will be shown in Sheffield - Showroom Cinema - for four nights beginning Boxing Day. The brochure for December isn't out yet - but it is supposed to be on - I asked at the cinema.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,JIm Martin
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 11:01 AM

"BBC 4 would be best choice as part of a morris themed evening event." - it may well be, but not if it's up for the chop soon!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/nov/26/mark-thompson-bbc-shut-digital


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 27 Nov 09 - 01:39 PM

It's coming all the way out to little old New Zealand!!!
And it'll be at our local theatre from 10th December!!
And they have asked our Morris side 'Heart of the Sun', (also known as HOTS), to dance at a special opening with wine and cheese thrown in.
Plus, we each get a free double pass!!
We'll be there with bells on!
Robyn in sunny Hawke's Bay


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 28 Nov 09 - 06:52 AM

Let it percolate round the cult cinemas first. Then let the mainstream see what they missed. I am watching the award circus for accolades......

It is even being shown in a pub - I assume the Plough is a pub. With all the pub closures this has to be a welcome trend.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Sue the Borderer
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 05:55 PM

Never assume, Mr Red, never assume!!! The Plough is the local Arts Centre and a super one it is too.
Despite flooding and fallen trees all around - it was Friday 13th, after all - the Centre was full to capacity.
A great evening.
And, Little Robyn, I hope that next week the HOTS have as good a time as we did.

Sue


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: EnglishFolkfan
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 06:37 AM

Morris: A Life with Bells on:

For those who haven't seen it yet, or who want to see the film again, there is a chance to see it for only the second time in North East Shropshire and for one night only at a lovely local arts centre run by volunteers: digital cinema, proper theatre seating and a licensed cafe for pre viewing refreshments plus parking too.

The Festival Drayton Centre
Frogmore Road, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3AX
Doors open 6.45pm - Screening 7.30pm
Thursday 10th December 2009

http://www.festivaldraytoncentre.com/cinemadetail.php?Morris-A-Life-With-Bells-On-12A-4


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 09:06 AM

Is there any news of it being on anywhere in Kent (or even London!)?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 09:14 AM

let me know if you hear kev, would like to see it too
jen


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 09:48 AM

Wilco!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 10:49 AM

It got another Scottish showing during the Scottish Trad Awards weekend in Dumfries last weekend, but it was on at the same time as the actual Awards ceremony, so really only for those that couldn't get a ticket for the Awards!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,buspassed
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 11:45 AM

Bad news Mb, it was shown at least four times at the Greenwich Picture House at the beginning of November.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: JohnB
Date: 04 Dec 09 - 12:01 PM

Still patiently waiting for someone in Canada to realize that this movie exists.
I know lots of people who would just love to see it.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 03:42 AM

Just arrived home from seeing it at the Hawke's Bay premiere and dancing in the theatre as well.
I'm still in kit!
We loved it - laughed most of the way through (except the sad bit in the middle).
Lots of subtle humour (and not so subtle as well).
The non-folkie people in the audience seemed to think it was a serious documentary at first but our whole side was laughing so much the others soon realised it wasn't serious.
It seems to be on all round NZ from Thursday, 10th December. I asked how long it was being shown for and the answer seems to be that depends on the audience size and demand - maybe one week, maybe more.
It looks great on the big screen but now I'd like a DVD to watch it at home.
Robyn
HOTS Morris side


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 03:51 AM

A number of us received the following yesterday.

Hello,

I thought you may like to know that we have responded to your enthusiastic recommendation of this film which will be at the Showroom from 26th – 31st December. Tickets are now on sale through our website www.showroomworkstation.org.uk or at the box office 0114 2757727, please do pass on to anyone who you think may share your enjoyment of the film.


Shows it can be done. This is Sheffield by the way.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 06:07 AM

Tewkesbury Roses Theatre is showing it TONIGHT.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 07:26 AM

It's being shown at the House of Commons tomorrow night.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 01:23 PM

for those in, or near east kent, i emailed our lovely independent cinema in broadstairs... the palace and got a promising response ...

"Hello-We are already aware of this film, Thanet Film Society are screening this as part of their program next season at our Cinema (Tues nights). We tried to show this film for Thanet Folk week last year, but we were unable to. I hope this helps."

yeah! i'll keep an eye on their schedule and post here when i see it playing.

jen


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 02:00 PM

Ooh! That'd be a great place to see it!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 08 Dec 09 - 03:06 PM

i envisage a brew in the neptune first!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Mike of Hessle
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 02:59 AM

We were in Lincoln last week-end and noticed that the local HMV shop had the CD of the film on its shelves.

When I had previously gone to order it from HMV they stated they would not sell it in their shops (only through their website)because there was no demand.

Have they seen the light and now realise that not everyone buys via the Internet


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 03:17 AM

"i envisage a brew in the neptune first!"

Oh, yes!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Cuilionn
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 10:44 AM

Any further word on DVD production/distribution and/or U.S. East Coast showings? My Pacific Northwest friends were able to watch it in Seattle, but I suspect my best hope in Maine is to acquire the DVD, find somebody with a big-screen television and a player, and make a lot of popcorn.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 12:20 PM

IF they brought a DVD out now , there ould be a LOT of sales as Christmas presents !


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Folkiedave
Date: 09 Dec 09 - 12:59 PM

But I suspect it might slow down attendances at the film!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 11:00 AM

Cuilionn

If you are a line dancer - be prepared to whince - once.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 10 Dec 09 - 04:37 PM

I do hope this hasn't been posted about bells!

The very mellow jazz sax player, Lester Young, had his own way of talking. If he liked something very much, he would always say, "Bells baby!!!"

He also gave Billie Holiday her nickname, Lady Day.

And Harry Edison who liked candy... Sweets Edison.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 06:55 AM

a date for those in or near east kent...tuesday march 30th at 8pm!

palace cinema, broadstairs

jen


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 07:09 AM

Thanks, Jen. I'll be there!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 09:29 AM

goodo and we'll arrange that beer first!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 11:32 AM

Oh, yes! A nice pint (or two) of Master Brew in Neptune's Hall!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: wrotham-arms-jen
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:56 PM

hey mister, shouldnt you be wasailing? tried to make it today but flippin snow and ice got in the way...maybe tomorroe
jx


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: melodeonboy
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 08:53 PM

No, I was gigging today, Jen. We (Ruff 'n' Reddy) are hosting the Wassail tomorrow (well, actually today - 20th.). It'd be great to see you there.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: katlaughing
Date: 13 Feb 10 - 02:35 PM

I see on their website that they are taking pre-orders for a soon(?) to be available DVD of it!! Whoo-hoo!!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 13 Feb 10 - 04:09 PM

And That Web Site is there


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM

It's coming to Colchester. 28 April which is a very difficult day in my calendar.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:11 PM

Hope they'll have North American format, as well as native UK...


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Subject: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Eye Lander
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 06:11 AM

Has anyone been to see Morris: A Life With Bells On? Hoping to get it to the Island and need to know how long the film lasts.

Cheers Peeps

This, and the posts immediately after, were transferred from a duplicate thread. - mod -


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Bloke from Poole
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 07:33 AM

I think it's 100 minutes but you should be able to find that from the web site or with a bit of Googling.

Malcolm


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: Mr Red
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 09:56 AM

need to know how long the film lasts.

It will last forever................





And no matter how long it lasts it is not long enough.

Enjoy.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On
From: GUEST,eric the viking
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:40 AM

It won't never get to Orkney then! When is it out on DVD anyone know?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Eye Lander
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 10:51 AM

much chat about all sorts above but has anyone seem the film and does anyone know how long it lasts?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 12:12 PM

Mr. Google (and Mr. imbdb) is your friend: 100 minutes is it.

"Available to pre-order on DVD soon" according to the movie web site.

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 07:29 PM

Becky beat me to it - I have booked to be told when the DVD is available ! I saw it at Norden Farm , Maidenehead and thouroughly enjoyed it !


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 01:53 PM

I see in the May Sky Magazine it's going to be screened on the Blighty Channel (534 in Ireland) at 8pm on Sat 29th May.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 01 May 10 - 06:52 AM

Thanks for telling us that - the Blighty Channel is also on Virgin Media (cable), number 206 - here. And they've also got an accompanying programme about the making of the film, and about Morris dancing - "Morris in the Making"

Maybe we can hope in time the film will get a showing on some channel everyone can get.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 01 May 10 - 07:54 AM

WARNING !!!!!!!


"Absolute Music" in Poole have hopped and skipped onto the reviving Morris bandwagon
for a Bank Holiday promotion
to try to flog expensive modern music tech equipment to them younger generation wannabe Rockers and DJ's....


http://www.absolutemusic.co.uk/store/index.php?_a=viewDoc&docId=34


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 May 10 - 11:53 AM

This today from M:ALWBO via Facebook:

Dear Morris Supporter

Nothing says the beginning of summer than 1st May bank holiday weekend! It is the perfect time to dust off your staves and pull the hankies from storage. We at Twist Towers were leaping with joy seeing so many Morris dancers performing.

We are also leaping with joy that Morris: A Life With Bells On is now available to Pre-Order on Amazon!

So for those of you wishing to own Morris: A Life With Bells On for yourself, please follow the link below to Pre-Order. DVDs will be shipped out 26 July 2010!

Morris: A Life With Bells On now available to Pre-Order on Amazon at
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Morris-Life-Bells-DVD/dp/B003JMBDDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1273057560&sr=1-1

Morris: A Life With Bells On plans to attend as many festivals as possible this summer. We are pleased to be included in the billings at one of England's top folk festival, the Warwick Folk Festival during 23-25 July. There is sure to be plenty of Morris dancing as well as other great music events. See link below for details:

Warwick Folk Festival 2010 - http://www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk/

On other news, Morris: A Life With Bells On has recently landed in Australia and New Zealand! Thanks to all of your requests to local theatres we are enjoying a successful run with our southern friends.

Next, we hope to conquer the North American market! To our American and Canadian friends, we are grateful for all your requests for Morris. Please, please keep them coming. Send them to your local theatres, distributors and festivals. Your voice is what distributors listen to and it is the main reason for our success so far.

Let's keep those bells jingling all throughout the World Cup!

Thank you for your loyal support,

The Twist Team


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 05 May 10 - 11:56 AM

Only the movie poster is available from amazon.com (U.S.)

Presumably the DVD coming in July is for UK-flavor DVD players, too. :-(


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,The Shambles
Date: 25 May 10 - 05:12 PM

Morris: A Life with Bells On, is premièring exclusively on Blighty (Sky channel 534, Virgin Media 206) on 29th May at 8pm.

For those without Sky or Virgin, Morris: A Life with Bells On (DVD) will be released on July 26, 2010.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 26 May 10 - 08:26 AM

Just wondering what happened to that guy who took all our emails and phone numbers when we went to see it in Edinburgh last September, the idea being that he would re-start a Lothian Morris side, and need a few musicians too.
None of us ever heard any more about it! If you're reading this, please PM me.
Looking forward to the DVD.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,mac
Date: 26 May 10 - 12:19 PM

We'll be screening Morris: A Life with Bells on at mac, Birmingham on Saturday 5th June as part of folk day organised with Moseley Folk Festival. It also features the Demon Barber Roadshow and Wizz Jones, dance displays and sessions - see

Moseley Folk Day at mac, Birmingham


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Micca
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 09:01 AM

Prompyed by a remark on a TV show I then went and checked and found that According to Amazon UK it is to be released on DVD on 26th July 2010


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Graham Bradshaw
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 10:39 AM

The DVD will also be available at Warwick Folk Festival before the official release date.

The film itself is being shown at the festival on Wed 21 and Sat 24 July - DVD on sale at each showing.

Go to the festival website for details www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk.

G


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Howard Jones
Date: 29 Jul 10 - 06:06 PM

Received my DVD from Amazon today, watched it this evening. Brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 06:38 AM

Noticed at the last minute it was on Blighty channel again the other night!


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: open mike
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 10:34 AM

does anyone know if this is available from Net Flix?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 11:25 AM

yeah, finally got round to watching it on Blighty this week.

Wife loved it all and laughed every few seconds from start to finish.

I took a while to warm to the 'dramedy' until the darker slightly more serious aspects
started to balance out the weaker sub "Bellamy's People" pastiche elements.

This film is however the finest tribute to the mystical properties of extra strong rough cider
ever depicted in any art form.

This west country boy could smell it and taste it; made me very thirsty after nearly 5 months on the waggon
[excepting xmas & new year.. cheers...]
for personal health & safety reasons...


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: My guru always said
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 01:45 PM

Hmmm, just looked up 'Blighty channel' and it's not available on Freeview.... I'll have to wait another 10 years or so *sigh*


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Ken J.
Date: 23 Feb 11 - 03:29 PM

Has anyone had success in viewing the UK DVD on equipment -- possibly on their computer -- in the USA?


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 06:32 AM

It is out on DVD. I got it through Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 07:08 AM

There are about half a dozen (all new ones, I think) on ebay, but I haven't checked whether they are US-compatible.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Andy Jackson
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 07:34 AM

We bought the DVD but decided not to watch it until we had seen the screening here on the Isle of Wight.

I wrote a review, ( Morris with bells on....review )
for our Morris side site. If you can tear yourself away from reading about the newest side on the Island, scoll to the bottom article.

As I sort of said in the article, pin back your blinkers, engage fun and enjoy.
Andy


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 08:23 AM

I have checked Amazon (Amazon US even).   It appears the version they are now selling in the US is not US-compatible.

Frustration.

Now what sense does that make?

I have sent them a comment to that effect (and I'm not the only one, but the more people who do, the more likely they might possibly address this problem.) You would think both the firm selling the product and Amazon itself would want to raise sales.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 09:23 AM

hint.. just try googling ways to enter a code number on your remote control
to safely hack your DVD player
so it becomes region free.
Or easily discover how to do likewise with your computers DVD player.
With most recent viewing equipment this is usually not such a difficult 'problem' to overcome.

Any tech savvy young kid in your family would know how to help do this
within minutes.


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 10:37 AM

Netflix lists, but says it's not available yet. It gives a "Save" button, which puts it on a list to add to your queue when it becomes available. Can't hurt to click it to show interest...

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: GUEST,Jim Martin
Date: 01 May 11 - 11:24 PM

Was on again on Blighty last night - repeated this afternoon:

http://uk-tv-guide.com/programme-details/Blighty/2+May+2011/14%3A00/Morris%3A+A+Life+with+Bells+on/Film/


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Subject: RE: Morris: A Life With Bells On (film)
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 17 Jul 15 - 08:27 AM

Wonderful film. Was only talking about it last night and will try to watch it over the weekend. Derek Jacobi's portrayal of the neo-nazi head of the 'Morris Circle' is a masterpiece in ham acting :-)


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