High Grass Circus

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High Grass Circus
Directed by Tony Ianzelo
Torben Schioler
Produced by Bill Brind
Tony Ianzelo
Colin Low
Torben Schioler
Cinematography Tony Ianzelo
Edited by Torben Schioler
Release dates
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
57 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $62,000[1]

High Grass Circus is a 1976 National Film Board of Canada documentary film co-directed by Tony Ianzelo and Torben Schioler, exploring life in the Royal Brothers' traveling circus. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1][2]

The film was shot spring and summer of 1975 and part of 1976. Following its Oscar nomination, it was acquired by CBC-TV, which broadcast it on July 12, 1978. It was subsequently sold to television networks in New Zealand, the UK, South Africa and Yugoslavia. A nine-minute cut-down version of the film, entitled Little Big Top, played in Canadian theatres in late 1977, including 15 week run in Vancouver. In August 1980, PBS acquired the film along with seven other NFB documentaries and broadcast them on 11 of its stations.[3]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Gary (1991). In the National Interest: A Chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989. University of Toronto Press. pp. 231–232. ISBN 978-0802068330. 
  2. ^ "NY Times: High Grass Circus". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  3. ^ Ohayon, Albert (July 4, 2014). "High Grass Circus: low-tech, grassroots entertainment". NFB/Blog. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 

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