St. Moritz Art Film Festival


Andrew Norman Wilson, In the Air Tonight

2020 Colors PG EN 17’ 00”

Swiss Premiere

Out of Competition

There’s an urban legend about Phil Collins’ inspiration for his 1980 hit “In the Air Tonight,” which Andrew Norman Wilson first heard as a teenager in a friend’s basement. According to the ritual of the legend, the song is played while a narrator tells the story, syncing the infamous analog drum break of the song with the climax of the narrative. 

In March 2020, from a hillside home that faces the Hollywood sign, Wilson began to dwell on Phil due to an experience he had one night on the Pacific Coast Highway. Driving alongside him was a woman tuned into the same radio frequency, emphatically singing along to “In the Air Tonight.”

Andrew Norman Wilson, In the Air Tonight