Circus Man paints an inspiring portrait of Ireland’s longest-running family circus and the efforts of ringleader Tom Duffy to ensure its survival.
Directors Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh lift the curtains to show that behind the bright lights and laughs of the circus lies drama, family feuds and hardship. Despite being knocked down by life’s challenges, Tom Duffy has bounced back to survive discrimination, bare fist fights and colon cancer and is determined to see his circus through to the very end. To Tom, this is not a sacrifice – it is an honour born of his membership of a circus dynasty that has spanned over two hundred years and eight generations.
This film is part of F-Rated: Short Films by Irish Women. To view more from the collection click here.