“Shirley is beyond folk, it’s more than that. Put a pair of lips on a heart and that’s what Shirley sounds like.”
new shirley txt loDavid Tibet

From the team that brought you Way of the Morris comes a new feature documentary about folk legend Shirley Collins.

Partly inspired by her beguiling autobiography America Over the Water, the film will retell the tale of the famous song-collecting trip she took around the Deep South of America with legendary field-recordist Alan Lomax – a trip on which they uncovered and documented the music that would later inspire the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou.

But the real story is more fascinating than the myth. We will blend the story of the trip with a celebration of her role in the folk revival of the 50s, 60s and 70s, when – amongst many other achievements – she and her sister Dolly produced the era’s most defining monuments in their seminal albums Anthems in Eden and Love, Death and the Lady. Largely forgotten outside hardcore folk circles due to her enforced absence from the world stage, the film will also reclaim Shirley and her sister’s contribution to music for posterity.

The film is the latest collaboration between directors Tim Plester and Rob Curry, and producer Paul Williams.