Wrinkle in Time director: 'We stand with Black Panther'

From BBC - March 14, 2018

The director of Disney film A Wrinkle in Time says "we stand with Black Panther" on representation in Hollywood films.

Ava DuVernay's film is based on a book by Madeleine L'Engle and has an almost entirely female cast and crew.

One of its stars, Reese Witherspoon agrees, saying: "We have to change the storytellers before we can change the stories."

They spoke at the European premiere of the film, held in London on Tuesday.

A Wrinkle in Time follows the story of Meg Murry as she travels across dimensions to rescue her scientist father.

Meg is guided by a trio of guardian angels who are played by Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

'Powerful for boys to see a girl leading'

Director Ava DuVernay has made comparisons with Black Panther, and says the inclusion and representation in the two films is something to be proud of.

"The number one and number two films in America are films made by black directors, so we are so happy to stand with Black Panther," she said.

"We are also happy to stand with films that are looking at different kinds of storytellers behind the camera and different kinds of faces in front of the camera.

"I think it's also powerful for boys to see a girl leading, something that we do not often see.

"So we are hoping this film plants seeds that give kids something to think about in a way so we can have some really beautiful adults."

Ava says no-one in films looked like her growing up, and she hopes people will "see a bit of themselves" in her movie.

She posted on Instagram: "To imagine a world where a girl like Meg can fly was emotional to me.

"And then to be able to make it so, even on camera for a little while, for two hoursto change the world for that small amount of time. It's powerful."

The film took more than $33 million in its opening weekend in the US, but is sitting behind Black Panther at the US Box Office.

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