for the first time an african american woman is directing a $100 million film

Selma director Ava DuVernay is making history with her latest project.

by Wendy Syfret
05 August 2016, 9:05am

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Last year Ava DuVernay emerged as a cinematic force with her film Selma. Not only did the director receive wide praise and a Best Picture Oscar nomination, but she made history when she became the first African American woman to be nominated for a best director Golden Globe.

Now with the announcement of her next project, A Wrinkle In Time, she's once again making history — this time as the first woman of colour to direct a film with a budget of more than $100 million. Based on Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 fantasy novel about a young girl whose government scientist goes missing, the project is being produced by Disney.

While the news is huge for Ava, and obviously a big step forward for women of colour in Hollywood, it also highlights how underrepresented non-male directors are. She is only the third woman in the history of cinema to take on a project in this budget range. Kathryn Bigelow was first with 2002's K-19: The Widowmaker. Patty Jenkins only joined her on the list in April of this year when it was confirmed she would direct the upcoming Wonder Woman film. Although the fact Ava and Patty took on these projects this year does show the industry is beginning to change. 



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