The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Say what you will about folk music, you either love it or ignore it, but The Ballad of Shirley
Collins is a film that everyone should see.

Stories lie in the core of folk. In the age of corporate narratives and brand storytelling there is
really an oversupply of stories, but there is always room for truly good ones, like the story of
the life of Shirley Collins.

Collins’s story as an English folk star was cut short when she suddenly lost her voice. Now
she sips tea — at times something stronger — and ponders the role of folk today. She
reminisces about last century’s folk scene and a music collection journey to America’s Deep
South that Collins made together with her partner at the time, folklorist Alan Lomax.

On the soundtrack, field recordings bring to life forgotten singers and songs that tell us
something crucial about our collective history. And after decades of reluctant silence, Collins
too picks up the microphone once again. Folk, after all, is not meant to be perfect.

Minna Saarinen
(Translation: Ulrika Sundelin)

Language: English

  • Director: Rob Curry, Tim Plester
  • Country: UK
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 94 min
  • Age limit: K12
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Richard Mitchell
  • Editing: Rob Curry, Tim Plester
  • Music: Shirley Collins, Ossian Brown, Michael J. York
  • Production: Paul Williams / Burning Bridges


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