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Oss Oss Wee Oss U rating

A short playful film about the famous May Day ceremony of Padstow, a fishing village in Cornwall.

Performance 1953 17 mins

Director: Alan Lomax



Padstow’s traditional celebration of the coming of spring involves the “Old Oss” (or Hobby Horse) dancing through the streets accompanied by music, flags and thousands of spectators. Anticipating The Wicker Man by 20 years, and directed by Alan Lomax, a Texan-born folklorist and musician, this is inventive and evocative filmmaking overlaid with a conversational narrative.