Archive of films The Man with an Opera House in His Living Room / The Man with an Opera House in His Living Room

United Kingdom
2003, 59 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2003

A documentary following the efforts of former professional opera singer Richard White to realize a dream in the middle of the English countryside: organizing a performance of a Mozart opera in the spacious interior of his living room. 


A documentary recording one man’s efforts to realize a dream in the middle of the English countryside. Former professional opera singer Richard White fights bravely against stifling parking regulations and his neighbours’ ill will in his determination to organize a performance of a Mozart opera literally in his own living room. The quiet village of Claxton soon gains a reputation which attracts classical music enthusiasts from far and wide, something the stodgy, peace-loving inhabitants don’t like at all. Director Mira Erdevički accompanies White during preparations for the performance, and is discreetly present for every important moment, maintaining a certain emotional distance from those standing in front of the camera. Her film offers a look at one unusual man’s fortitude, using sensitively chosen filmmaking elements to highlight a remarkable event.

About the director

Mira Erdevički (b. 1965, Yugoslavia) graduated from the School of Journalism in Belgrade, then from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU) in 1993. She has worked as a radio announcer, broadcast journalist, editor of a literary magazine, and even for a time as a pro handball player. Filmography: Black Rose (1990), The First 25 Are the Hardest (1990), Locked in Together (1992), Actors from the Pavilion (1993), La Vallée de la Lune: My House and Its Last Christmas (1993), Underground (1993-1994, assistant dir. to Emir Kusturica), Strangers in Their Own Land (1995), Black-and-White in Colour (1999), Somewhere Better (2002), Mostar Sevdah Reunion Band (in preparation). 


Arcimboldo Productions, Ltd.
67 Randolph Avenue, W9 1DW, London
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 20 728 906 93
Fax: +44 20 722 602 32

About the film

Color, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Mira Erdevički
Dir. of Photography: Dirk Nel
Editor: Dragomir Bajalica
Producer: David Charap
Production: Arcimboldo Productions, Ltd.
Contact: Arcimboldo Productions, Ltd.


Mira Erdevički

Film Director

David Charap

Dirk Nel


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