DVD: Morris: A Life With Bells On (12)
Friday 30 July 2010
Morris: A Life with Bells On became a word-of-mouth hit last year when its director, Lucy Akhurst, and her husband, the film's writer and lead actor, Charles Thomas Oldham, toured it around West Country village halls after failing to secure a distribution deal.
So it's a real pity that their mockumentary, about the fluctuating fortunes of maverick morris man Derecq Twist (Oldham) and his Dorset troupe, doesn't carry the same reserves of ingenuity. There's some nice writing and some bouncy, funny scenes, but ultimately this kind of faux-naïve thing has been done before and done much better.
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