A tiny fraction of Sofia Coppola’s massive budget goes to her

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She has been open about the fact that she often works on smaller budgets because as a woman, Coppola encounters less funding than her male counterparts since she is a female filmmaker.

In an interview, the director of the Priscilla Presley biopic revealed to the BBC that she had to get creative because the film had a $20 million budget, which forced her to come up with the concept of a Priscilla Presley biopic that was based on Elvis and Me.

“I just look at all these men, and feel like they are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars, and then I am fighting for just a fraction of that,” she said. It’s just part of the culture of that business. I think it’s just left over from the way the way things are done there. There are a lot of challenges that I have to overcome, but I always fight for what I want and I’m just happy that I can make my movies on my own and that people believe in what I do.”

The director acknowledged that despite how annoying the situation can be, there is a benefit to it: higher-ups do not spend as much time on her projects, so she doesn’t have to cope with as much criticism as she used to.

It’s a challenge and a freedom to create a movie on a small budget, because the studio executives will have a lot of input if you have a big budget, and I wouldn’t be able to create a movie with that kind of budget.” she explained. “It was very hard, but I had the best team, and I had the freedom to be very crafty. I had a lot of freedom, but you also had to be very creative.”

Despite the fact that she and her crew were able to construct a variety of outfits and reuse many sets, Coppola credits the creative department heads for taking what they had and running with it. 

Another issue they encountered was that they were unable to incorporate Elvis Presley’s music into their project due to licensing issues. Despite the fact that she knew her chances of obtaining the rights for three of the King of Rock and Roll’s hits were somewhat slim, Marie Antoinette’s director was determined to acquire all three of his hits for the film. Instead of listening to one of her favorite artists, she decided to listen to a song by another well-known artist.

As Coppola explained, “to me, it’s really important that we have the voice of Dolly Parton at the end of the film; I think it’s very important that we have the voice of a woman at the end,” of the film ending with Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

There is currently a video streaming service called Prime Video that allows you to watch Priscilla right now. 

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