Holden Brothers Travelling Circus ‘Colorado’ is from the series of music videos produced by Mark Holden to honour his family heritage.
Singer, songwriter and media personality Mark Holden continues to honour his family’s history. In 1998, Mark and young film-maker Amiel Courtin-Wilson travelled with the Ashton’s Circus, who joined forces with the Holdens in the 1930s. On the journey, he met the matriarch, Phyllis Ashton, who passed on footage of the circus of yesterday like the first live outside broadcast recorded on cinescope called Ampol Show of Surprises . Her son Mervyn Ashton gave Mark all his 16mm footage from the 1950’s and 60’s which has never been seen before,
Mark has written songs with his family, inspired by tales of the Holden Brothers Travelling Circus, as a tribute to the lives lived by the generations before him. The classic footage provides a mesmerising backdrop to the tales sung by Mark and his family, who have banded together to perform under the name of The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus.
Bruce Permezel, director and editor of ABC’s multi award-winning series The Choir Of Hard Knocks, has brought the scenes to life with editor Duncan Balmain. Five 25-minute short films under the title of The Holden Brothers Travelling unify the old with the new.
The Holden Brothers Travelling Circus have released five TV show episode videos now available from iTunes and will reveal new music through the month of November at Noise11.com.
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