Morris: A Life with Bells On | 2009
The English folk dance Morris is not just an innocent pub pastime involving hanky-waving and bearded men with staffs, it has its politics-laden, ultra-competitive side too. Under the auspices of the governing Morris Circle, dance troops throughout England compete against each other. The Millsham Morris troop and its avant-garde leader Derecq Twist is determined to achieve Morris perfection. In his Morris prime, Derecq is both a traditionalist and an innovator. One the one hand, he is preparing to perform the ultimate move in Morris Dance, the legendary Threeple Hammer Damson. And yet, on the other hand, he is pioneering an innovative, daringly freeform brand of the dance dubbed "Extreme Morris," drawing the ire of the more orthodox elements within the Morris community. But when Millsham Morris unveils their creation in competition, the Morris Circle bans Derecq from future competition. Devastated by the decision, Derecq embarks on a global odyssey through tragedy and triumph, which gravely tests his passion to Morris.