Title ID 9878Collection ID1201
TitleThe Man in the Hat
CollectionCarousel Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalFictionExperimental
KeywordsCharities Dance Disabled Persons Music Performing Arts
LocalLewes (?) Brighton (?)
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
CameraSimon Wilkinson; JUNK TV
DirectorHigh Spin Dance Company
ProducerSimon Wilkinson; JUNK TV
Commissioning bodyCarousel; Glyndebourne; South East Dance
Funding bodyArts Council England; Brighton and Hove City Council
MusicBeat Express
Cast(The Man in The Hat) Oliver Turnbull
Other credits(Choreographer) Miriam King; (Production Manager) Becki Hodgson
FormatColour Sound
Duration2 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film, made by participants in Carousel, an arts organisation by and for people with learning disabilities, is a black & white animated music video that plays in reverse. It tells the story of the Man in the Hat, who encourages the viewer to follow the signs and movement he creates, as he dances and moves through different locations in a fantasy world. The music is provided by Beat Express, a learning disabled rock group also supported by Carousel.


Contextual information

The film was made by Carousel and shown as part of “Debbie Rock Angel,” a multi-media performance show that premiered in Brighton, UK in November 2006, prior to a short tour across the South East. The show was the first rock opera written, directed and performed by learning disabled musicians, performers, film-makers and DJs.