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Film celebrates talent of disabled artists
Charles Hazlewood celebrates deaf and disabled artists in new documentary film called Total Permisssion for new arts project The Space.
By Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor
12:40PM GMT 20 Nov 2012
A new online documentary presented by British Paraorchestra founder Charles Hazlewood celebrates deaf and disabled artists.
Following the successful Paralympic Games, the documentary Total Permission follows British conductor Hazlewood as he meets 12 of the artists commissioned by Unlimited (a strand of the London 2012 Festival). Unlimited was described by Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow as “enshrining what we have learnt from the Paralympics”.
Total Permission was commissioned for The Space, a new digital arts service (developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC) which will provide a unique platform for artists and arts organisations to showcase their work.
Hazlewood said: “The Southbank Centre Unlimited Festival was a distinct moment in time, an amazing counterpoint to the London 2012 Paralympics. There is no question that a major shift in perspective is taking place, that the world is waking up and greeting - as if for the first time - the extraordinary community of people with disability. Unlimited provided a platform for artists at the top of their game, just as the Paralympics has done for athletes.
"But the Paralympic Games has taken over 50 years to gain the trust and respect of the world; the arts have a lot of catching up to do. Unlimited felt like the first step on a journey where the outcome must be deeper and fuller integration at all levels for artists with disability, into the mainstream. Unlimited showed us what we had all been missing!”
Jude Kelly, Artistic Director, Southbank Centre, said: “London 2012 has been and gone and what’s changed? Many things probably but one thing certainly. After Unlimited, the biggest festival by deaf and disabled artists, we will never marginalise the power and meaning of this area of work again. It’s gone mainstream.”
The documentary - which will have its theatre premiere in December and be screened at The Southbank Centre in 2013 - features artists such as Bobby Baker, Caroline Bowditch, Laurence Clark, Jez Colbourne, Claire Cunningham, Rachel Gadsden, Graeae, Stumble danceCircus, Simon Mckeown, Ramesh Meyyappan and Janice Parker and the performances included a bipolar circus, a symphony of sirens and Sue Austin's 'Creating the Spectacle!' which has footage of her plunging into the sea in her wheelchair.
Austin was motivated to make the film, she tells Hazlewood, by the negative reactions she received when she started using her wheelchair: "They saw it as a tragedy and a loss," she says, "but it's always been my freedom."