Morris: A Life with Bells On

'Morris is my life… I'd die for it.' Derecq Twist (Oldham) is a quiet radical of the Morris dancing world, although you wouldn't guess it from looking at this meek West Dorset tractor mechanic. Actress Akhurst directs her first feature from a script by lead actor Oldham, whose mock-doc approach to Morris is straight out of the Christopher Guest mould. It's tough to maintain the momentum of this brand of straight-faced comedy over an entire feature, but a kind-hearted approach to character and warm attitude towards its subject helps – along with the sort of daring that allows Akhurst to film Californian scenes in what looks suspiciously like Devon. Akhurst's thesp connections no doubt helped to lure names such as Jacobi, Walter and Wise to the party. Very silly, but rigorously so.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Wednesday September 23 2009
Duration: 100 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lucy Akhurst
Cast: Lucy Akhurst
Charles Thomas Oldham
Derek Jacobi
Harriet Walter
Greg Wise
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