High Grass Circus
Format: 16mm Colour
Runtime: 57 min
National Film Board of Canada
This film follows the Royal Brothers’ Circus, the only surviving Canadian tent circus, during its 1976 summer season. Directors Torben Schioler and Tony Ianzelo document a twenty-four-hour period in the lives of the performers, observing not only the people but also the mechanics behind a circus in transit. Like the circus itself, the film hovers between comedy, sentimentality and the grotesque. High Grass Circus received an Academy Award® nomination for Documentary Feature.
(N.B. A nine-minute abridged version of the film, titled Little Big Top, was also released.)