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New York graffiti artist Brim and DJ Afrika Bambaataa on a visit to Britain where they attempt to forge links with the UK hip-hop, break dance and graffiti art subcultures.





Film type:

Colour / Sound




Central Television

Master format:

1 Inch Type C


We see shots of trains covered in graffiti in New York. This is followed by an interview with Afrika Bambaataa and Brim Fuentes in the Bronx about a graffiti artist coming to the UK. Next we see shots from TV-AM with Brim being interviewed by Henry Kelly about his graffiti art. We see shots Brim at The Shaw Theatre, London Press Office talking about various hip hop workshops and media appearances followed by shots of workshops and news coverage.

Next we see shots of Brim delivering workshops to a group in London and talking to students at Oxford University School of Drawing. Next we see shots of the artist with film director Michael Winner on location in London shooting 'Death Wish 3' and shots of graffiti Brim has been commissioned to add to the set.

We see shots of performances at the Shaw Theatre including an Afrika Bambaataa performance.

Next we see shots of Goldie in Wolverhampton with break dancing crew Bboys in shops and playing cricket. We see shots of a graffiti project next to the Bull Ring in Birmingham and different groups, including Goldie and '3 Dee', adding graffiti art to a wall . This is followed by shots of Goldie looking at graffiti in Heath Town, Wolverhampton with Brim. Next we see shots of a party and a performance by 'The Wild Bunch'.

Next we see shots of Brim in Handsworth, Birmingham the day after the Handsworth Riots. He talks to locals in the area and one raps about the riots.

Next we see shots of Goldie in New York visiting Brim and Afrika Bambaataa in The Bronx in August 1986.

Next we see shots of Goldie and two others watching television news about the death of Clinton McCurbin in police custody in Heath Town, Wolverhampton, in March 1987 and shots of protest marches about the death.

Finally we see Goldie looking at graffiti on the Heath Town estate, Wolverhampton.


With Thanks:
Lippy (Nuff Respect), Ivan Wekes and Heathtown Community Centre, The B Boys and Martin Jones Management, Polly Hudson and Mrs Laura Burns, Bill Breakwell, Nicholls Paints (Walsall)
The Krew and Tabernacle Community Centre, The Wild Bunch, Henry Chalfant and Tony Silver, Bob Keller and ABC News, Paul Butler and the Byam Shaw School of Art
Dr Joseph Rykwert, Tommy Boy Records and The Zulu Nation
Music: David Toop
"Bombin'", Brim, Bronx Style Bob, David Toop
"Funk You" Afrika Bambaataa and Family
Graphics: Goldie
Opening Sequence Idea: Robert Del Naja
Advisors: Afrika Bambaataa, Dan Fontaine
Camera: Kim Longinotto, Nick Fry, Bobby Shepard (NY)
Production Assistants: Polly MacDonald, Gill Fickling
Recording: Ellie Burridge, Diana Ruston, Barbara Becker (NY)
Sound Mixer: Colin Martin
Film Editor: David Leighton
Assistant Editor: Sue Kennett
Video Tape Editors: Grant Watters, Dave Richardson
Producers: Gus Coral, Pat Hartley
Executive Producers: Jim Berrow, Nick Hart-Williams
Director: Dick Fontaine


Central Television production number 6679/87. This film was first transmitted by Channel 4 on 28 January 1988.