The Show Of Shows

Director Benedikt Erlingsson
Genre Documentary
Runtime 76 minutes
Country of Origin UK, Iceland
Language not applicable
Supplier Dogwoof Global
Festivals/Awards Official Selection - Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015
Release Date In theatres on May 13, 2016


This film tells the story of itinerant circus performers, cabaret acts and vaudeville and fairground attractions. In this film, rarities and never-before seen footage of fairgrounds, circus entertainment, freak shows, variety performances, music hall and seaside entertainment are chronicled from the 19th and 20th century. We will see early shows that wowed the world and home movies of some of the greatest circus families.

Director Benedikt Erlingsson takes us back to the days when the most outlandish, skillful and breathtaking acts traveled the world.

This rich visual archive has been created with exclusive access to The University of Sheffield's National Fairground Archive and is accompanied by an epic new score by Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason of Sigur Rós, in collaboration with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Kjartan Dagur Holm.

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Press & Articles

“The Greatest Shows on Earth review - vintage circus footage goes cinematic with epic Sigur Ros score” - The Guardian

“Film Review: ‘The Show of Shows’” - Variety

“"The Show Of Shows" review” - Time Out

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