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Hot Tutti

WOMAN: Hi. I'm Aimee,
and I'm 26 years old.

And I feel amazing up onstage.

I just light up. (LAUGHS)

Yeah, that's what I do. I light up.

I feel free and happy.

Like nothing's gonna go wrong
once I'm on that stage.

And there's Caroline, Annika
and Jackie and Michelle and me.

# Advance Australia fair. #

Singing makes me feel really joyful
and really energised and happy.

It's liberating, yeah.

Singing makes me feel good inside.

One of the songs that we do
is 'Hot Stuff'.

(CHUCKLES) And, um...

The first one.

We both put our arms up and go...




And that usually
makes people laugh.


NARRATOR: These young women
share more than a passion for singing.

We're almost like sisters.


AIMEE: And we're all
very good friends.

We all love to perform together.
It's so special.

Aimee has been with Hot Tutti
since it formed in 2010.

AIMEE: We want the same as
everybody...every other woman wants.

It's about having fun and getting
out there, like everybody else does.

The group is part of Tutti,

a not-for-profit
South Australian organisation

giving people
with learning disabilities

the chance to be trained
as professional artists.

Its founder is
playwright and composer Pat Rix.

We're starting to see
the benefits of a program

which has given people a deep
education since they've left school.

I think this kind of knowledge,

which has come through theatre,
which has come through music,

and in many other ways in Tutti,
through the visual arts and film,

is starting to feed into the artists

and giving them a lot of material
to work with.

The excitement that this generates
has created this girl group.

# I can feel with my fingers... #

Hot Tutti isn't just practising to become
professional, they are professional.

And in 2012, they were hired
for more than 30 shows.

It's been hard work
for the group's musical director,


who's been with the girls
for more than two years.


You can almost see
their insides changing.

You can see people crying,

you can see people shocked,

and it's in those moments that I...

I'm up there accompanying them,
and I look over,

and I just think,
"It is my absolute honour

"to be on this stage
with these world-changers."


What I love is that
just by writing beautiful songs

and telling their story,

these young women
can change the world

in a very practical, kinetic way

by just being themselves.



Hot Tutti offers something
the Disability Discrimination Act calls for -

meaningful employment,
rather than sheltered workshop jobs.

If I wasn't at Tutti,
I'd be, like, putting bolts in plastic bags


or some equally
soul-destroying job like that.

Today is anything but mundane.

They're heading into the studio to start
working on Hot Tutti's very first album.

-Hey, Pat.
-How are you?

Good to see you.

In 10 years,

I see Hot Tutti having made
real waves around the world.

# You will hear it in my voice

# You'll see it in my eyes. #

-Well done, girls! Whoo!

Whoo! Yeah!