The Best Work You May Never See: RSA's Swann + Yoann Direct Jimmy Somerville Charity Film To Help The Homeless


Robert Goldrich
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2021


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Singer Jimmy Somerville (Bronski Beat, The Communards) and producer Sally Herbert will donate all profits from their new single, a cover of Nina Simone’s classic “Everything Must Change” to UK Charity Network, End Youth Homelessness--supporting over 30,000 young vulnerable people across the U.K. The charity network, which includes Centrepoint alongside other regional charities, has warned of an increase in youth homelessness against a backdrop of strained provision, and increases in unemployment and demand for mental health support. 

This heartfelt new video for “Everything Must Change”--from French directors/designers Swann + Yoann of RSA Films--combines animation, photography and moving image, and embraces a narrative of hope for 2021. “Our main goal was to create a simple, insightful and close-to-people story from which anyone could identify with,” said the directors in a joint statement. “We wanted to move people by creating authentic daily life scenes, drawing a parallel between the couple in the video and what’s happening in our societies. We mixed our shots with many others from all over the world.”

On choosing to cover ‘Everything Must Change’ for End Youth Homelessness, Somerville said; “We can’t ignore youth homelessness; it’s predicted to get worse, as the pandemic has stripped many young people of their prospects. The vulnerability, fear, rejection, violence they have to live with every day is unacceptable. As a society we should be providing hope for our young people.” 

2019/20 figures show that 121,000 young people asked for help from their local council because they were homeless or at risk of homelessness. Data from the Office for National Statistics identified that during the pandemic, more 16–24-year-olds dropped out of the UK workforce than any other age group, with Centrepoint predicting that 2021 could see the worst homelessness crisis in the charity’s 50-year history.


Production RSA Films Swann + Yoann, directors and editors; Nancy Ryan, producer; Kai Hsiung, exec producer; Tommy Boulet, DP; Ella Delormas, camera assistant. Music Produced and arranged by Jimmy Somerville and Sally Herbert; Jimmy Somerville, vocals; Ian Burdge, cello. Cast Margaux Billard, Abel Cheret. 

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