The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Showing Mon 23 Oct and Tue 24 Oct

The Ballad of Shirley Collins
Rob Curry, Tim Plester
Country of origin and year
UK 2017
94 minutes
Rated 12A - Contains infrequent strong language.
Documentary featuring Shirley Collins, Stewart Lee, David Tibet.

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Mon 23 Oct 13:40 Filmhouse screen 2 15:50 Filmhouse screen 2 18:05 Filmhouse screen 2    
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From the directors of Morris dancing documentary Way of the Morris comes this crowd-funded lyrical documentary about influential folk singer Shirley Collins. Having stood at the epicentre of the folk music revival of the 1960s and '70s, Collins' unique voice was tragically struck down in the 1980s by a vocal disorder, sending her into early retirement. Granted intimate access to the studio on Shirley's first new material in four decades, Curry and Plester's film counterpoints this new musical project with a song-collecting road trip from her youth, through the American Deep South.

Featuring contributions from the comedian Stewart Lee and David Tibet of Current 93, the film eschews a straightforward biopic approach and sidesteps any rockumentary talking-heads; the filmmakers instead offering up a meditative and richly textured piece of portraiture.

Here then is a film about loss and redemption. A film about sacrifice, healing and rebirth. A film which suggests that, during these turbulent and increasingly untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins now more than ever.


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