We think it’s going to be a romp, a comedy, the vicarious pleasure that we see in other places, like reality TV. A look at people who are unlike us. As that draws you in, it takes you down an unexpected road, where by the end you’re like, “Oh, maybe I did spend too much on that shopping trip. Maybe I did pull too much money out of my house. Or maybe this is about our values as Americans, and not something where we can laugh at the Other or criticize the Other.”
From my point of view, there’s not that much value in something that strictly operates on that level. In other words, my work has never about judging or pointing the finger. What’s more interesting is to look at stories or characters and what they reveal about our culture and our values and how they relate to us on a bigger level."
The Queen of Versailles director Lauren Greenfield on getting your audience to see themselves in your subjects.