Lick the Star

Lick the Star
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Produced by Sofia Coppola
Andrew Durham
Christopher Neil
Written by Sofia Coppola
Stephanie Hayman
Starring Christina Turley
Audrey Heaven
Robert Schwartzman
Peter Bogdanovich
Zoe Cassavetes
Anthony DeSimone[1]
Cinematography Lance Acord
Edited by Eric Zumbrunnen
Distributed by Film Movement
Release dates
  • October 1998 (1998-10)
Running time
14 min.
Language English

Lick the Star is a 14-minute-long black and white 16mm film and was the first film written and directed by Sofia Coppola,[1] daughter of Francis Ford Coppola.[2]

The film is included as a bonus feature on the DVD for the film HOP from Film Movement.


The plot revolves around a clique of four girls who devise a plan to weaken the boys at their school with arsenic. The plan is to slowly poison the boys through their lunches, inspired by the "queen bee" Chloe's obsession with the novel Flowers in the Attic. As the plan progresses a minor conversation discussing how important slavery was starts a gossip ring that leads to Chloe's eventual downfall.

The young actresses in Coppola's film have no other screen credits to their names. Peter Bogdanovich appears in a cameo as the Principal. The director of photography was Lance Acord. Coppola's own eye appears in one dream-like shot.

The film's themes also appear in Coppola's later work, such as the feelings of isolation; in addition, the film begins with a car journey, just like her later films The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Somewhere.


  1. "Tipp City" – The Amps
  2. "Top 40" – Free Kitten
  3. "Bouwerie Boy" – Free Kitten
  4. "This Town" – The Go-Go's
  5. "Eat Cake" – Free Kitten
  6. "Heidi Cakes" – Land of the Loops


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