WAY OF THE MORRIS

ELECTRIC SKY - as SALES All rights, World

Documentary - Completed 2011

Morris dancing is one of Olde England's most ancient roots traditions. And yet to your average man-jack on the street, it's seen as little more than a national joke. And a bad national joke at that. Yet things have always been a little different for actor and filmmaker Tim Plester...

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 64 mn
    • Synopsis
    • As quintessentially English as a game of cricket or a plate of fish-and-chips, Morris dancing is one of Olde England's most ancient roots traditions. And yet to your average man-jack on the street, it's seen as little more than a national joke. And a bad national joke at that. Yet things have always been a little different for actor and filmmaker Tim Plester.
      Tim hails from a family of Morris dancers, and was raised in a quiet corner of North Oxfordshire called Adderbury; an ironstone village with a proud and fertile dancing history stretching back through the centuries. The tinkling of the shin-bells is part of his heritage. Part of his legacy. Part of his very folklore. And yet, despite the connections, Tim doesn't dance. Never has.
      However, when Tim first hears tell of the "Lost Generation" of fresh-faced young Adderbury dancers who tragically laid down their lives for King and Country during the carnage of The Great War 1914-1918, he begins to experience an awakening deep in his chromosomes. To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the end of WW1, the current Adderbury village side are planning a visit to those former killing fields of Northern France; there to pay their respects and to help repair a too-long broken link in their community's dancing lineage. When Tim accepts an invitation to join his rural brethren in their preparations for this pilgrimage, he also embarks upon a deeply personal journey of his own.
Distribution Country
Release date
Distributor
Rights
Local title
Company Country Roles