Film: Sofia Coppola's brilliant first ever short film Lick The Star made back in 1998

Posted by Liv Siddall,

A joy for all Sofia Coppola fans here in the form of Lick The Star, her debut film made back in 1998. The film is a 14 minute black and white tale of a gang of high school girls who, after becoming obsessed by Virginia Andrews’ cult novel Flowers in the Attic, plan to use rat poison to kill the boys in the school they dislike. The interesting thing about this short is that it is absolutely chock full of nods to Coppola’s later works, for instance the humour, the way the girls are shot, and the adolescent, dreamy, relaxed pace of it all. The opening scene of her debut shows the lead girl being driven along in a car – a running theme that has remained in almost every single opening scene in her films since.

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Posted by Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our editors. She oversees itsnicethat.com and has a particular interest in illustration, photography and music videos. She also runs our London listings site This At There, and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.