We are delighted that ‘Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals’, the film created by Sagafilm in collaboration with the National Fairground Archive and Directed by Benedikt Erlingsson, is going to be shown in cinemas through Dogwoof distributors from the 4th of December.

The film marks Erlingsson’s debut documentary feature and was co-produced by Sagafilm, Crossover Labs, BBC Storyville, RUV Iceland, SVT Sweden, the University of Sheffield and the National Fairground Archive.

Dogwoof acquired worldwide distribution rights to Benedikt Erlingsson’s documentary outside Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Holland earlier this year. The film so far has featured on an international stage including; Sheffield Doc Fest, the Barbican, Latitude Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, The San Sebastian Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival and Film Lab Palestine. Additionally, it will be shown on BBC Four as part of the ‘Storyville’ series showcasing the best in international documentaries.

The film looks at the history of circus performers, fairground shows and vaudeville during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Show of Shows is a window into the story of early travelling entertainment, showcasing circus performers, cabaret acts and fairground attractions.

Benedikt Erlingsson (1969) is one of the most successful stage directors of the last decade in Iceland and has several times been awarded for his work both as a director, author and actor.

In Icelandic TV he is best known for his writing and acting in the comedy TV Series “Blood Brothers”.
Benedikt has also participated in numerous films and TV-series as an actor, for example, Lars von Trier’s film “The Boss of it All”. His solo performance plays “Wormstongue – A Love Story” and “Mr. Skallagrímsson” where among some of the longest lasting successes in Icelandic Theatre history, performed by himself on Icelandic stages non-stop for 6 years.

His first short film “Thanks” received the Jury Prize and Audience Award at the BE-Film Festival in New York in 2008. “The Nail” his second short film received a Special Mention at the International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand in 2008 and his first feature film “Of Horses and Men” has been travelled extensively on the festival circuit and has received many prizes.

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.

DIRECTOR(S): Benedikt Erlingsson
PRODUCER(S): Margret Jonasdottir, Mark Atkin, Heather Croall, Professor Vanessa Toulmin
COUNTRY: United Kingdom, Iceland
YEAR: 2015
DURATION: 70 min
FORMAT: video



London - Hackney Picturehouse
London - Picturehouse Central
London - Ritzy Picturehouse
Dublin - The Sugar Club (one-off)


London – Clapham Picturehouse
London – East Dulwich Picturehouse
London – Greenwich Picturehouse
London – Hackney Picturehouse
London – Picturehouse Central
London – Ritzy Cinema
London – Stratford Picture House
Bath – The Little Theatre
Bradford – National Media Museum
Brighton – Duke's At Komedia
Edinburgh – Cameo Cinema
Exeter – Exeter Picturehouse
Henley-upon-thames – Regal Picturehouse
Liverpool – Picturehouse At Fact
Norwich – Cinema City
Oxford – Phoenix Picturehouse
Southampton – Harbour Lights Picture House
Stratford-upon-avon – Stratford-upon-avon Picture House
York – City Screen Picturehouse


Leeds - Hyde Park Picturehouse

And Regent St Cinema on December 4th http://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-show-of-shows/

★★★★ 'An affectionate tribute' - The Guardian

We are very excited to be part of this success story and to have the opportunity to explore new ways to take the collection out to our audiences.