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'Way of the Morris' documentary film

Desert Dancer 28 Mar 11 - 11:38 AM
Desert Dancer 28 Mar 11 - 11:50 AM
RTim 28 Mar 11 - 12:02 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 28 Mar 11 - 12:10 PM
GUEST,Tatterfoal 29 Mar 11 - 12:07 PM
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Subject: 'The Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 11:38 AM

I only find one mention, and no thread of its own, so here 'tis...

Way of the Morris a documentary film by Tim Plester (film website)

It was most recently at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas: as reported in the Guardian

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Next showing at the Arizona International Film Festival, in Tucson, on April 7. I, of course, will be in Long Beach. (Argh!)

~ Becky in Tucson (...this morning, driving over to LB today)


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Subject: RE: 'The Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 11:50 AM

(My error - there's no "The" in the title.)

review by Emma Hartley, as linked via Facebook by EFDSS:

Way of the Morris: morris on, big time

The bells, the bells... I was lucky enough to get my hands on a review copy of Way of the Morris, a documentary by actor and film-maker Tim Plester, which has just started doing the rounds at film festivals, and was recently at SXSW in Texas.

And what a treat it is. Unlike the recent Morris: a Life with Bells On, which never felt at ease with its subject (morris off), this is a beautifully crafted story by someone with a link to the morris tradition who doesn't allow it to stand in the way of good film-making.

Strong sense of place: tick. Photography to die for: tick. Good storyline: tick. In fact, it looks as if he may have done something very clever and made a film that will make morris dancing more mainstream just by showing it as it is. He's looking for distribution at the moment.

(more at the link above)

Monkey Science links this 3-minute version that's a stand-alone version made for a competition: The Life of a Fool. Lovely.


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: RTim
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 12:02 PM

I am looking forward to seeing film this some day?
Tim, his father Bill (who used to be my hair dresser!) and his uncle Jim are old friends from back home, even though we danced on the "other" team in the village for the last 30 plus years...
We were once all one team!
I think I gave Tim his first acting job when he was around 12 years old, in a play I wrote about Banbury. He was one of the lead characters!

I'll be back in the village in a couple of weeks.

Tim Radford - ex Adderbury Morris Men now Woods Hole, MA


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 12:10 PM

And, according to today's Sidmouth newsletter, Way of the Morris is being screened during this year's festival:

"You may have heard about the new film by actor and filmmaker Tim Plester called Way of the Morris. It's a beautiful film about Tim learning to embrace his heritage as the son of a morris dancing family. Along the way it uncovers the impact of the First World War on rural communities and their traditions, as the Adderbury Village Morris Men go to the Somme to dance for all the boys of the village side who never came home.

Way of the Morris is not yet on release in Britain, but we're delighted to announce that we will be screening the film and conducting a Q&A with the filmmakers at Sidmouth FolkWeek."

Derek


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,Tatterfoal
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 12:07 PM

You cannot have enough exposure to Morris dancing lets hope for plenty more.


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 29 Mar 11 - 12:34 PM

Tatterfoal - sorry, that brought this old image to mind -- !!


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,tatterfoal
Date: 30 Mar 11 - 10:25 AM

Is he showing his bells off do you think?


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 02:16 AM

As long as his stick was upright as our squire insists on he'll be right.
    Please note that anonymous posting is no longer allowed at Mudcat. Use a consistent name [in the 'from' box] when you post, or your messages risk being deleted.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 10 May 11 - 05:05 PM

Way of the Morris trailers and teaser on Vimeo


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,Folkiedave
Date: 11 May 11 - 02:25 AM

Already shown in Sheffield. Great film and RTim gets a written mention and I do believe he is in one or two of the archive shots.


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 12 May 11 - 02:04 PM

I highly recommend it. The opening (animated) sequence is well worth seeing in and of itself; gorgeous animation -- clever, moving, playful and thought-provoking -- a real gem! And the landscape photography is truly stunning, as well.

As for the story, I particularly like the way it acknowledges that Morris is considered very UNcool and then proceeds on its way without worrying about it.
It would have been rather embarrassing if it looked like it was trying to make Morris seem cool (especially if it did not succeed), but by presenting Morris as something almost outside of time and happy to simply be what it is, regardless of its public image, I think Morris dancing ends up looking not so naff after all.


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,Old Mister Fox
Date: 07 Jun 11 - 09:08 AM

WAY OF THE MORRIS will be screening at the forthcoming
london open city documentary festival on Saturday 18th June at 3:00.

the screening will be taking place at the
A.V. Hill Lecture Theatre, Malet Place, off Torrington Place, University College London (UCL) campus, WC1E 6BT

co-presented by magpie's nest (BBC's best folk club 2010),
the screening will be followed by a q&a with the filmmakers
and then some live open-air music.

tickets are only £5 and are available to buy here http://goo.gl/v9H51


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Subject: RE: 'Way of the Morris' documentary film
From: GUEST,Joe Cundy
Date: 02 Aug 11 - 04:12 PM

Saw it at Sidmouth. It is brilliant - absolutely a must see if you are into morris dancing but a must must see if you are not. it's onl;y an hour of your time and you ght learn something...


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