The Ballad of Shirley Collins

BBFC RatingThe Ballad of Shirley Collins

Showing: 24 October 2017 until 26 October 2017

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The Ballad of Shirley Collins
CertificateNot Rated
Year2017
GenreDocumentary
DirectorRob Curry, Tim Plester
CountryUK
Running Time1HR 34MINS
SeasonBelfast International Arts Festival 2017

One of the 20th century’s most important singers, Shirley Collins stood at the epicentre of the folk music scene during the 1960s and ‘70s. However, she lost her voice in mysterious circumstances, and retired from musical life. This documentary explores the story behind the icon, and chronicles Shirley’s battle, at the grand old age of 80, to rediscover that voice she lost so many years previously. Here is a film about loss and redemption; a film about sacrifice, healing and rebirth. A film which suggests that, during these turbulent, untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins now more than ever.

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