Way Of The Morris

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 17 January, 9.15pm

As quintessentially English as a game of cricket or a plate of fish-and-chips, Morris dancing is one of England’s most ancient traditions. And yet to your average man on the street, it’s seen as little more than a national joke. A heartfelt docu-ballad in praise of birthplace, bloodline and rural brotherhood, Way of the Morris follows actor and filmmaker Tim Plester (Kick-Ass, Control, Doctor Who) on a deeply personal journey from the barley fields of his childhood to the killing fields of The Somme, as he traces the poignant link between the spirited folk revival of the mid-1970s and the true story of the young Adderbury Morris side so decimated by the carnage of the First World War. Featuring contributions from singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie, and utilizing treasured home-movie footage and rare village archive, what emerges is a timely and evocative exploration of the origins and impulses behind the Morris.

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