INVISIBLE CIRCUS : NO DRESS REHEARSAL

By Naomi SMYTH

FUTURE ARTISTS LTD - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2011

A Documentary about performance, love, hard graft and pigeon shit!

Festivals
& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Doc Corner
    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Naomi SMYTH
    • Producer(s)
    • Jenny INCHBALD (future artists), Mark ASHMORE (future artists)
    • Synopsis
    • Winner of the Dynamo doc awards 2012 and Channel 4 (UK) Official selection for diversity week at London Olympics 2012, official selection Co-operatives week (global) -
      Meet the ring master of this invisible circus Doug Francis as he leads Bristol's anarchist circus from margins to mainstream with the motto:
      'If it's not impossible, we're not interested'.
      The film's 3 year span takes them from chaotic squat crew to licensed building managers with huge show budgets – via rotting garages, crumbling cathedrals and a takeover of Bristol's ex-police HQ.
      Doug collaborates with developers to use derelict space for circus spectacles and working arts spaces. Relationships in the close team reveal the gain and the pain of success, but they're still working for free. Profit or loss?
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Dec 01, 2009
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