Billie Eilish Releases Trailer for Concert Film ‘Happier Than Ever’
The concert film for Billie Eilish’s forthcoming album Happier Than Ever will be available to stream on Disney+ starting Sept. 3. Eilish shared the trailer for the film, Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles yesterday. Eilish’s accompanying sophomore album Happier Than Ever will premiere on July 30.
She shot the film at the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by her brother Finneas, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo will also perform in the film.
“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor. To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love and grew up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it,” Eilish said in a statement.
Robert Rodriguez and animator Patrick Osbourne directed the film. David Campbell wrote the orchestra arrangements for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with music and artistic direction by Gustavo Dudamel.
Rodriguez commented on the collaboration: “We are all huge admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household,” he said. “They are such impressive, world-class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film. The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance makes this a spectacular event that is truly unique.”
Rodriguez, of El Mariachi fame, has directed music videos for Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande.
The film will pay homage to Eilish’s Los Angeles hometown through animated segments and interviews. The trailer highlighted the hybridity of the film, which takes viewers through Eilish’s connection to Los Angeles.
The concert film will sequentially follow Happier Than Ever’s 16-song tracklist. Eilish has released five singles in the album, including “Therefore I Am” and “My Power,” all of which made the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.