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Total Permission


An underwater wheelchair, a bipolar circus, a symphony of sirens…



Total Permission. 30 mins.

Total Permission brings together 12 ambitious projects from 12 extraordinary artists who pushed the boundaries beyond what many may have thought possible, to perform at the Unlimited Festival, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a programme that celebrated the work of deaf and disabled artists.

In 2012, a year when disabled people have been in the spotlight like never before Total Permission is a ground-breaking 30 minute documentary with Watershed for the The Space – a new digital Arts Channel from the BBC and UK Arts Council.

Artists: Sue Austin • Bobby Baker • Caroline Bowditch • Laurence Clark • Jez Colborne • Claire Cunningham • Rachel Gadsden • Graeae & Jenny Sealey • Simon McKeown • Ramesh Meyyappan • Janice Parker • Mish Weaver

The film follows conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, as he encounters these 12 artists as they take risks to create their astonishing work. The documentary was the culmination of 24 × 90 sec viral films published as the PUSH ME for The Space.

Directed by John Durrant • Edited by Glenn Rainton • Original Music by Timo Baker, Subvertical • Curated by Jo Verrent & Sarah Pickthall

A BDH and Watershed Production for The Space • BBC • Arts Council England • Creative Scotland

Total Permission

Winner of Media Innovation Award and Nomination for Best Documentary Royal Television

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