Morris dancing film a sleeper hit – with bells on

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The telegraph reports

Morris: A Life With Bells On, a documentary-style comedy following the fortunes of a group of dancers, has generated intense excitement on the internet and on a regional tour of town and village halls in the south west, where it is set.

It stars high-profile British actors including Derek Jacobi, Naomie Harris, Greg Wise and Harriet Walter. Its makers believe it could become a British ‘sleeper hit’ in the tradition of The Full Monty or Billy Elliot.

Yet with big studios more reluctant to take financial risks during the recession, it has failed to obtain a widespread distribution deal.

However, its website is attracting 100,000 visits every week and the producers are having to employ assistants to deal with a “deluge” of emails from Morris fans demanding to know where they can watch it. A petition drawn up demanding a mainstream release has attracted 3,000 signatures.

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