Riley Keough: Director and actress 'struggled' to get War Pony funded

2023-06-09 23:10:45  • 6 mins

By Emma Jones

BBC Talking Movies reporter

She's the granddaughter of Elvis and the star of one of the most talked-about series of the year, Daisy Jones & The Six.

But when it came to directing, actress Riley Keough says that she and her co-director, British-Australian Gina Gammell, "struggled" to get War Pony, their first film, funded.

"There's a lot of talk and I think there's some great effort, but I don't know if the people who are making those decisions are totally there yet," she says.

"I don't know if some have caught up on the concepts that women can be in positions of power and can be trusted."

War Pony is the story of two young Native American men trying to find their place in the world that doesn't offer them much opportunity, and was filmed on Pine Ridge Reservation, the lands of the Oglala Lakota, in South Dakota, using a largely local cast and first-time actors.

It won the Camera D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year - the prize given by the festival to a best debut feature film. But at points, Keough wondered if the film would be completed.

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