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The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Painstakingly filmed, researched and edited over the course of three and a half years, Rob Curry and Tom Plester's documentary is an intimate portrait of singer Shirley Collins, who joined her sister Dolly at the forefront of the English folk music revival in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1980, Shirley was diagnosed with dysphonia, a rare disorder of the vocal chords that eventually robbed her of her voice and forced her into early retirement. The film draws from archive audio and material to trace Shirley's early years, juxtaposing these images with recent footage of her first recording sessions in almost 40 years for the album Lodestar.