A Kickstarter campaign has been started by Burning Bridges & Fifth Column Films to make a feature documentary called The Ballad of Shirley Collins. The film will be a lyrical response to the life and works of Shirley Collins who was a central figure to the folk revival of the 60s, and 70s. As of this writing, £18,663 has been pledged with 7 days left to reach their £25,000 goal.
About the Film
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.
Below is a recording of Po’ Lazarus licensed by the Coen Brothers for use in the soundtrack of O Brother, Where Art Thou.