The Beginner’s Guide: Sofia Coppola, Director

Sofia Coppola on the set of The Bling Ring, photographed by Andrew Durham, 2012

It seems strange that a body of work which has largely focused on the female experience without pontificating, should prove to be so contentious. And yet, Sofia Coppola’s viewers seem to fall largely within two extremes: the devoted and the apathetic.

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Siobhan is a teacher and writer living in Wales, UK. She holds a BA in English and an MA in Film and Television Studies. She is especially interested in depictions of female desire, transitions from youth to adulthood and performative gender. She tweets at @siobhan_denton and writes at