Carnival Cinema is the alter ego of filmmaker Hamish McCormick. Hamish grew up in the sleepy ex-hippy town of Mullumbimby on the North Coast of NSW where he discovered circus and performing in his early teens and was actively encouraged to pursue it by his artist mother and photographer father. After spending 10 years as a free-lance circus/sideshow performer he picked up a video camera and started documenting the world he was in. He is now based out of Melbourne Australia, running Carnival Cinema full time – shooting, editing, directing and producing. The company is centered on documenting creative people and their work, in particular the performing arts community with a focus on the circus, sideshow and new vaudeville.
A Brief History Of Carnival Cinema
The company was born in 2003 when Hamish McCormick and Captain Frodo were performing with The Happy Sideshow - Australia's premier Freak show (of which Captain Frodo was a founding member) and decided to take 4 years worth of footage of shows and travels and turn it into a 'behind the scenes' of the show.
They decided to combine their love of films and the circus and set up a company that could produce short films, documentaries, and 'behind the scenes' of live shows or have a clothing label.
Basically produce anything that came out of their slightly warped brains and put it under one banner.
And in doing so help promote the world that they existed in.
Hamish still collaborates with Captain Frodo when Frodo has time in between performing around the world and bringing his unique sideshow clowning to the people. To keep up to date with what Captain Frodo is up to click here