Brie Larson calls for more diversity among film critics

2018-06-15 13:29
 

California — Brie Larson has made a plea for more diversity in film criticism at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night in Beverly Hills.

Larson, who was given the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, used her platform to draw attention to a USC study published this week that found that film critics are almost 80 percent male, and largely white. 

Women of colour made up 2.5 percent of top critics, according to the study.

"Am I saying that I hate white dudes? No, I am not," Larson said. "But if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour there is an insanely low chance that a woman of colour would get to see that movie ... I don't need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn't work about A Wrinkle in Time."

She called on film studios and publicity teams to invite diverse critics and reporters to press screenings and junkets.

Larson also announced that both the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival will, in response, allocate 20 percent of press credentials to underrepresented journalists.

WATCH HER SPEECH HERE:

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