Across the UK today, a film I am strangely keen to see is opening at select Picturehouse/City Screen cinemas. Morris: A Life With Bells On is a mockumentary about that traditional English hankies and bells leaping activity known as Morris dancing.
The jingly jangly, hanky waving characteristics of these pedal-pusher-wearing beardy weirdies is often incorrectly perceived as somewhat unmacho, but in actual fact, the Morris tradition is quintessentially male. It’s a testosterone-fuelled display of machismo that mirrors to some extent those stags out in the wild battling it out for the hand (or should that be hoof) of the hottest doe in their neck of the woods.
It’s a tradition I find fascinating, and the film looks like it could be potentially Spinal Tap funny, but sadly, for reasons I have banged on about before, I don’t have a local Picturehouse cinema, so I will have to wait and hope.
In the meantime, I’ll just have to make do with another film with testosterone-fuelled dancing – a little known movie called Dirty Dancing. You’ve probably never heard of it so here are a few pictures to give you an idea.
What do you think – will there be loads of people tuning in to see this tonight, even if their own collector’s edition DVD gets a regular airing? Will this be the unofficial Patrick Swayze memorial screening?
Dirty Dancing is showing on Five at 9pm
The Patrick Swayze action thriller Point Break is also showing tonight on BBC1 at 10.20pm.