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2017 OSCARS: Victory for the #OscarsSoWhite Campaign

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This year’s nominations for the 89th Academy Awards show that social media campaigns and boycotts do work.   After two years of a lack of diversity with the Academy’s nominations, this year the Oscars are not so white. The recognition of black actors highlights the Academy’s progress. For the first time in the Academy Awards’ history there is a black actor nominated in every acting category.   This year Denzel Washington was nominated for Best Actor for his role in Fences.   Washington's co-star, Viola Davis, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Fences.   Ruth Negga was nominated for…

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‘Make Mulan Right’ Campaign Takes On Disney

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Movie heroes don't need to be white and male. Rumours that the lead in Disney’s live action remake of the 1998 cartoon Mulan would be a white male resulted in a backlash from fans. Thousands took to Twitter to express their anger, with the hashtag #MakeMulanRight circulating on Twitter. And a petition titled ‘Tell Disney You Don’t Want A Whitewashed Mulan!’ has already attracted over 100,000 signatures.   Here are just some of the #MakeMulanRight tweets. But lets face it, whitewashing in Hollywood is nothing new. Rooney Mars was cast as the Native American Tiger-Lily in Pan. Emma Stone played a…

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Ten amazing women from around the world, who have actively fought for women’s rights and challenged what society thinks a woman should be.   Haifaa al-Mansour, Director Haifaa al-Mansour is the writer and director of Wadjda, the first feature length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. And what makes al-Mansour’s work even more of an achievement is the lack of women’s rights in the country. Mansour herself was forced to direct some of the movie from the back of a van using a walkie-talkie because she couldn’t publicly mix with the men in the filming crew. Al-Mansour explores the issues…

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A conversation with film director Naeem Mahmood: ‘Making the film was like going to war.’

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Made TV sat down with Naeem Mahmood, who released his hit directorial debut feature Brash Young Turks last year, to discuss independent filmmaking, diversity and how growing up on colourful Portobello Road influenced the stories he wanted to tell. First and foremost, what inspired you to become a director? To have a voice and a way of channeling my creativity. I found school uninspiring and got involved in street crime, so filmmaking was an escape. I grew up in West London. My dad had a shop on Portobello Road, a vibrant, multicultural and buzzing area and I realised that there…

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Has the glass ceiling in politics been shattered?

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This month Theresa May became the second woman to become the Prime Minister of Britain, have we finally said goodbye to the old boys club in politics? A lot has changed in the last hundred years for women and politics has been no exception. There are more women than ever before in politics and positions of power. Nicola Sturgeon is the current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party. Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green Party and Leanne Wood is the leader of Plaid Cymru. At present, there are 192 women sitting as Members…

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‘Ghost In The Shell’ producer’s denial of whitewashing sums up everything wrong with Hollywood

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Steven Paul attempted to justify the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi in an interview with BuzzFeed News.   Fans of Masamune Shirow's manga series Ghost in the Shell were outraged when news that Scarlett Johansson would be playing the lead character was released and quickly took to social media to voice their disappointment. However, Steven Paul remains defiant and defends the decision. He insists that fans will change their minds.   "I think everybody is going to end up being really happy with it. They’re going to be very, very happy with it when they see what we’ve actually done…

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