Matthew Beecroft


STREETWISE OPERA | BFI                                     

Streetwise Opera’s 10th anniversary production, The Answer to Everything is an opera film starring a cast of 120 homeless people from Streetwise’s 11 groups around the UK. Taking as its starting point the format of a fictional conference, The Answer to Everything follows the progress of an ill-conceived ‘re-homing’ scheme which the delegates begin to connect to what really matters: fellow humans and the world around them. Music is drawn from existing operatic repertoire including arias and songs by Britten, Vivaldi and Handel as well as new commissions from leading British composers including Gavin Bryars, Emily Hall and Orlando Gough. Leading opera soloists, Liz Watts and Christopher Lowery join the Streetwise Opera performers on the film.

The Answer to Everything premiered at the BFI Southbank to fantastic reviews in both the Times and the Guardian, before it went nationwide.

“Beautifully shot, powerful work” Helen Finch, The Times
“An encounter of undeniable beauty” Guy Dammann, The Guardian