What Do You Hope For?

Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
Night out or night in?
Black lives matter, yes or no?

Nine people from around the world and living in London sing, dance, speak and play, exploring what it means to raise your voice for the colour of your skin.

What Do You Hope For? is an honest, thoughtful and personal short film of music from world-class operatic artists, and interviews with the voices behind the voices.

Black Lives Matter.

Short film produced by English National Opera. Released 13 July 2020.

See the full film here: youtu.be/YJPTTCeZE-k

Cast & creatives

Julia Daramy-Williams
Allyson Devenish
Gerrard Martin
Idunnu Münch
Gweneth Ann Rand
Ronald Samm
Nardus Williams
Roderick Williams
Robert Winslade Anderson

Curator, Director Simone Ibbett-Brown
Filmmaker Nick Kofi
Lighting Designer Marc Rosette
Sound Engineer Fred Riding
Director of Photography Michael Spry
Production Photographer Sarah Yeboah


Peace on Earth words and music by Errollyn Wallen
I dream a world words by Langston Hughes, music by Dr Christine Jobson and Sarah Ruff
We wear the mask words by Paul Laurence Dunbar, music by Richard O. Thompson
Remembrance words by Langston Hughes, music by Robert Owens
Decisions words and music by Adolphus Hailstork, after Martin Luther King, Jr.
We shall walk trad. arr. Undine Smith Moore