Ava DuVernay Becomes First Black Woman To Direct £76m Film

The director has broken one of Hollywood's infamous glass ceilings

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Director Ava DuVernay has just become the first African-American woman to direct a live-action film with a budget of over £76 million. 

According to The Los Angeles Times, the director of Selma has made history as the director of Disney's up-coming film adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's novel, A Wrinkle In Time

Starring Oprah Winfrey, the film is set to be released in 2017 and will reportedly bring in £65 million in spending and an additional investment of £14 million, making DuVernay one of the few female film directors who have been in charge of such a high budget production. 

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The only other woman to have directed a film of a similar budget is Kathryn Bigelow, following the release of K-19: The Widowmaker, who incidentally is the only woman to have won an Oscar for Best Director. 

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Ava DuVernay poses for a portrait at the 46th NAACP Image Awards
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Despite DuVernay's achievement, the announcement also serves as a reminder of the on-going prejudice towards women and African-Americans in Hollywood. 

The blog Woman and Hollywood says: 'This is a normal path for male directors, but one rarely accessible to women.'

Meanwhile, others have taken to Twitter to highlight the film industry's shocking history of bias. 

We look forward to the day when news like this isn't news. 

Keep the change coming. 

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