Ava DuVernay is 'really excited' about working with David Oyelowo again

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 January 2015
Ava and David

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

'Selma' director Ava DuVernay has revealed she is "really, really excited" about reuniting with David Oyelowo on a new film about Hurricane Katrina

Ava DuVernay is "really, really excited" about reuniting with David Oyelowo.

The 42-year-old director - who has worked with Oyelowo on 'Middle of Nowhere', which won the Directing Award for US Dramatic Film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and the Oscar-nominated hit 'Selma' - recently announced they are to collaborate on a film about Hurricane Katrina.

Speaking about the prospect of reuniting with the British actor at the 'Selma' premiere in London, she told BANG Showbiz: "We just announced that we're going to be making another film together. I'm really, really excited to talk about it. We're thrilled [to be working together again]."

Meanwhile, DuVernay has also spoken about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, but insisted she isn't overly-fussed that 'Selma' - which is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches - has only received two Oscar nominations.

She shared: "There's a lot of work to do in terms of diversity and inclusion in all industries, but certainly Hollywood is a part of that. As a black person - as a woman film-maker - all I can do is focus on my work. I can't sit around worrying about what someone is not doing for me. I need to do it for myself."

Following the premiere, 'Selma' stars David Oyelowo and Colman Domingo, and director Ava DuVernay, attended the exclusive VIP post-premiere event hosted at the luxurious One Mayfair in central London by beer brand Stella Artois as part of its Stella Artois Bursaries programme, which supports the release of standout independent films.

The guests enjoyed a breathtaking performance by the London Community Gospel Choir; whose rendition of the Golden Globe winning song Glory from the film's Oscar nominated soundtrack received raucous applause.


  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ava DuVernay
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson
  • UK release: 6 February 2015

The story of the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, with Martin Luther King (Oyelowo) facing a nervous President Johnson (Wilkinson) and Alabama's racist Governor Wallace (Roth). Among a stellar cast Oyelowo is exceptional, and DuVernay and Webb capture both the greatness and the limitations of King's…

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