Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola returns to the director's chair this week with her new movie The Bling Ring.

This is her first movie since Somewhere at the back end 2010 and this new project sees her take on a real life story.

It was back in 1999 when Coppola made her feature film directorial debut as she helmed drama The Virgin Suicides.

The movie was based on the book of the same name by Jeffrey Eugenides and saw Coppola pen the screenplay as well as being in the director's chair.

The Virgin Suicides was met well by the critics and Coppola's directing career started off on the right foot.

But it was to be her second movie Lost In Translation that was to be the film that really did put this director on the map.

Once again she showed off her writing skills as she also penned the screenplay from the film.

The movie followed a fading movie star and a lonely young housewife who form an unlikely bond after meeting in Tokyo.

Lost in Translation was a critical smash and Coppola was the toast of Hollywood and the festival circuit.

She became the first American female filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar; she missed out but did win Best Original Screenplay.

The movie was also a commercial hit as it grossed almost $120 million and was made for just $4 million.

We had to wait three years before Coppola returned to the director's chair in 2006 with Marie Antoinette.

The movie is loosely based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution and was inspired by the book Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser.

But Coppola delivered the movie in a very stylised and modern way and didn't focus on historical facts. The movie received mixed reviews and did struggle at the box office; however it did make back is $40 million budget.

Coppola took some more time away from the director's chair after Marie Antoinette, returning in 2010 with Somewhere.

The movie saw the director return to form as this drama was one of the best of the year.

Somewhere followed an aimless Hollywood actor reexamines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning play father and daughter in this movie and both deliver wonderful performances; it is this relationship that really pushes this film forward.

This week Coppola is back with her new movie The Bling Ring, a film that focuses on a string of celebrity robberies that targeted the likes of Orlando Bloom, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

The Bling Ring opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and there has been some real hype growing around this film all year.

Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Emma Watson, Claire Julien, Taissa Farmiga and Leslie Mann are all on board a very exciting cast list.

The Bling Ring tells the story of a group of teenagers obsessed with fashion and celebrity that burglarise celebrities’ homes in Los Angeles.

Tracking their targets’ whereabouts online, they break-in and steal their designer clothes and possessions.

Reflecting on the naivety of youth and the mistakes we all make when young, amplified by today’s culture of celebrity and luxury brand obsession, we see through the members of the Bling Ring temptations that almost any teenager would feel.

What starts out as teenage fun spins out of control and leaves us with a sobering view of our culture today.

Sofia Coppola is one of the most exciting female directors around at the moment and it is great to see her back in the director's chair.

The Bling Ring is released 5th July.

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