Well-travelled filmmaker Sonja Phillips is ready to put down roots at Dark Energy after joining for commercial representation.
The London-based director's career has brought her to the likes of Bosnia-Herzegovina and LA's impoverished Skid Row district, with Phillips keen to raise awareness of social and humanitarian issues through the medium of film.
Her most recent project - a collaboration between Tesco and disability charity Changing Places - brought Phillips closer to home, as she examines how cerebral palsy can make the simple act of going to the toilet an ordeal for Nora and her family.
The experience struck a chord with Phillips, who says: "I like to learn something in every story I tell, but this story really opened my eyes to the difficulties of living with a severe disability. I had never thought about a toilet as such a symbol of freedom, but it really is."
Sonja Phillips is a great addition to the roster, with her ability to tell emotional, intimate stories... and her light, witty touch."
She hopes this leads to other thought-provoking ad campaigns, and more chances to put her "empathic and authentic filmmaking" to good use. For example, Phillips's sensitively made piece for Entelechy Arts shows how music can be used to combat the effects of loneliness.
Such work leads Dark Energy's Executive Producer Matt Brown to say: "Sonja Phillips is a great addition to the roster, with her ability to not only tell emotional, intimate stories in a way that feels genuinely authentic, but also her light, witty touch in her more narrative-led work.
"Not only that, but she has some incredible stories to share from her humanitarian work across the globe."