Philippa talks us through the concept behind ‘Eclipse’, her creative process and what it’s like being in front of the camera for the first time…
What does ‘Eclipse’ mean in this context?
An eclipse is defined as “an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer.” A total eclipse is a mystery and sublime experience that has perplexed humans for thousands of years. Eclipses have influenced battles, altered thought, inspired art, and to me is a strong symbol of our times.
How did you create the characters and the story?
They came to me pretty naturally. On reflection, I definitely think the females represent the different sides of me, and the story must be a result of a recent break up I went through. But that wasn’t a conscious decision.
What inspired the Country and Western spin?
I’ve always loved westerns and I’ve ridden horses my whole life. When I saw Stella’s show for this new collection in Paris I immediately imagined the outfits in a Western setting. Especially the horse prints!
This project was especially fun. I always love shooting Megan and this time working with my friends Natalie Bergman (from the band Wildbelle), Jean (from the band Ho99o9), and the two dancers Nugget and Vibez was very magical. They are all incredibly talented artists in their own right so it created a very special vibe on set. This was also the first time I’ve put myself into one of my films which was fun – I’m the girl on the horse!