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Carnival Coast Short Film (Full Length) – 1974 Documentary

Carnival Coast

Short Film (Full Length) – 1974 Documentary

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In this National Film Unit-produced 'documentary' a circus sets up at the beach. Made for the Ministry of Works to stir debate about the use of coastal land, director Michael Reeves' wiggy treatment of the subject situates the film in the 'frustrated auteur meets sober commission' NFU tradition. Ringmaster Ian Mune is a seaside Willy Wonka canvassing claims to the coast. Demands of development, recreation, and housing are dramatised — including a bizarre look at stranger danger in suburbia, and a graphic illustration of the risks of off-mains sewerage treatment.

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Ian Mune

As: Circus Ringmaster

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Michael Reeves

Director, Writer

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Lance J Connolly

Producer

People who own things like costal land ... [well] that’s something that everybody has a share in — that’s just the way it is!
– The ringmaster (Ian Mune)