In collaboration with Samsung, Millie directed her first short film — which she also stars in — shot entirely using the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s Nightography features. The short was also a collaboration with her brother Charlie, who served as the director of photography on the film.
Along to the voiceover narration of an original poem, written and performed by Millie, the film depicts a young girl growing into her own and tapping into resilience. We watch as a child version of Millie (played by a young actress named Honey) interacts with the older Millie, who offers protection and encouragement. Through her powerful and vulnerable poetry and an impressive aerial silk performance, Millie empowers her inner child — and in turn, shares a universal story of courage, growth, and self-discovery.
Teen Vogue spoke with Millie about her directorial debut, the many different creative mediums that allow her to express herself, and the Oscar-nominated female director she dreams of working with.
Teen Vogue: How did this collaboration with Samsung come about?
Millie Bobby Brown: I’ve always had such a strong relationship with Samsung, and the collaborations that we have done together have always been so authentic, organic, and I was so excited to be presented an opportunity to not only be in this wonderful short film, but [to] also direct it. It really came about because we definitely love creating together, but not only that, to shine a light on female directors.
TV: How long have you been training in aerial silks? Your skills are so impressive!
MBB: Thank you! I had only been doing it for, gosh, maybe a month. I was really excited. When the [directing] opportunity presented itself, I was doing aerial silk and every time I asked [myself] the question, ‘What makes you feel empowered?’ I kept going back to silks. I feel like it represented womanhood. They’re really symbolic of my growth, and the choreography and the silks itself are just so poetic. I thought [the] ways to portray female empowerment was doing something that I feel empowered me.