The Holy Trinity of Palo Alto
Dissecting the Golden Triangle of May’s hottest teen movie
Last month the Internet almost caught fire with gossip about James Franco’s supposed attempts to woo a seventeen year old girl who was on holiday with her mum. Was it a bit creepy? Is James Franco just a guy trying it on with a hot blonde? Or was it all a promo stunt for his new film, Palo Alto, which features him as a teacher who seduces one of his students?
Guess we’ll never know, but the whole palarva certainly got us interested in the film, which is coming out next week. Written by Franco, scored by Dev Hynes and directed by Gia Coppola, Palo Alto is looking to be one of the coolest films coming out this year. It stars Emma Roberts alongside Franco, as well as a team of talented actors who bring the story of teen boredom to life.
Keen on James Franco but not too sure about the other two? Here’s the low down on the Holy Trinity of your new favourite film.
Who: Do we need to spill it out? Actor, writer, all round intelligence package. Franco’s studied at America’s prestigious Colombia University and is mates with the funniest guys in Hollywood (Seth Rogan and co, we’re looking at you). He’s been acting since way before you can remember, and is on a fast track to becoming the most memorable actors the film industry has ever produced.
Palo Alto: He only wrote the damn thing. Palo Alto is originally a set of short stories based on Franco’s childhood in Silicon Valley
Where to watch: Freaks and Geeks for heart throb lols, Pineapple Express for stoner lols and 127 Hours for a serious shock to the system.
Who: Though you may not have seen Dev Hynes’s name that often, you’ll certainly have heard his influence on popstrels internationally. He’s had a hand in the careers of Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys, as well as releasing his own dreamy music under the name Blood Orange. He even worked with Britney, though she ended up not using his music. More fool her we say.
Palo Alto: Dev’s written an original score for the film, singing and producing instrumental tracks to accompany it.
How to listen: Question is how not to listen- Dev’s stuff is everywhere. Try ‘Everything is Embarrassing’ by Sky Ferreira or ‘Losing You’ by Solange for starters.
Who: The latest from the super talented Coppola family, Gia is following in the footsteps of her granddad Francis, and aunt, Sofia, both of whom are renown film directors. (Her cousin is also Nicholas Cage but the less said about that the better).
Palo Alto: Coppola and Franco met at a party, where she showed him her photography work. The pair stayed in touch, resulting in Gia becoming the director for Palo Alto.
Where to watch: This is her feature length directorial debut, but she’s inevitably helped out her family on their sets. Check out her Aunt Sofia’s film “Somewhere” for her first feature film imprints.
By Tamara Roper