Film of the Day: The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman
All eyes are on Hugh Jackman in this smash-hit musical. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman stars as the fictionalised version of P.T. Barnum, the defining force behind the modern circus as we know it. Zac Efron and Michelle Williams star alongside him in this Golden Globe winner. 

With toe-tapping musical moments, humour and impressive set pieces; the delightful film presents a world of wonder and magic. One day, as he creates a light show for his kids, the idea of the Big Top strikes him and the rest is, as they say, history.

He gets posh boy Phillip Carlyle (Efron) to back him in a natty song and dance routine and then, philanthropically, gathers together a disparate band of outsiders under the pretence of showing their beauty and uniqueness to the world. But does his apparent support for his performers fit his desire to be rich and accepted by the upper classes?


The Greatest Showman – Thursday at 6.55pm on Film4