movie was shot when Amy Rider and I were living in England.
She was going to Circomedia and I was tagging along to all
the school events. I'd bring the video camera everywhere.
This was one of those rare moments when a gorgeous place with
beautiful acoustics, meets a truly interesting event.
Bristol England is a port town from way back.
The accents, you might notice, sound a little bit like Pirate
accents. That's probably because Bristol was home at one time
to he biggest slaveship port in the world, and a huge home
for sea merchants. It would not surprise me if Long John Silver
was from Bristol. They call that the West Country accent,
but I think there's something even more specific about Bristol.
The Mummers tradition is very old. All these
people are regular folk, to be sure, and do this once a year
around Christmas time. The local vicar is the real thing too.
Filmed on DV in 1998, Directed and Edited
by Mark Nichols.