Title ID 9879Collection ID1201
TitleArrival in the Big City
CollectionCarousel Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyInstitutionalFictionExperimental
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsBuildings Charities Dance Disabled Persons Music Performing Arts Theatre Urban Areas
LocalBrighton Hammersmith
RegionalBrighton and Hove Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
CameraSimon Wilkinson; JUNK TV
DirectorHigh Spin Dance Company
Commissioning bodyCarousel
Funding bodyArts Council England; Brighton and Hove City Council
MusicBeat Express
Cast(Performers) Julia Burcham; Rainna Crudge; Maria Pengelly; Benn Pierre; Andy Saunders
Other credits(film-maker) Simon Wilkinson - JUNK TV; (Choereographic Facilitator) Miriam King; (Production Manager) Becki Hodgson; (Supported By) Glyndebourne; South East Dance
FormatColour Sound
Duration1 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This animated colour live action music video, was made by participants in Carousel, an arts organisation by and for people with learning disabilities. It illustrates what it feels like to be lost in a big city – everything is very big and scary, and it always rains. It includes shots of The Apollo theatre, Hammersmith. The music is provided by Beat Express, a learning disabled rock group also supported by Carousel for the Debbie Rock Angel Opera.


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.