Plot & Details
Morris Dancing is a form of English folk dancing that dates back to the 15th Century, in which men in costumes adorned with bells would offer their version of the dance of the Moors, with scarves, sticks and swords often used as part of the choreography. While Morris Dance has a rich tradition, in the 21st Century it's often looked on as the quaint pastime of local eccentrics, with its origins muddied by time and the performances appearing silly to the uninitiated. Actor and filmmaker Tim Plester comes from a family devoted to Morris Dancing, and in the documentary Way Of The Morris, he examines this unique English custom as he explores its historic roots and searches for the serious intent beneath the somewhat comical surface. Featuring interviews with singer and songwriter Billy Bragg and folk musician Chris Leslie (of the group Fairport Convention), Way Of The Morris received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.