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Anglophenia’s Sharon Carpenter hit the red carpet at a New York City screening of the new movie Fences. The film, which is currently in theaters, is based on the 1983 play by the late August Wilson and follows the struggles of an African American father and his family in 1950s America.

Sharon touched base with the cast, including the film’s director and male lead Denzel Washington, about BAFTA’s recent decision to introduce a diversity rule. Beginning in 2019, if a movie isn’t deemed diverse enough, it won’t qualify for two of BAFTA’s most prestigious awards: Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

As explained in the below interview, Washington is clearly honored to take on the responsibility of producing Fences — and eventually Wilson’s back catalogue of nine other plays — believing it will create opportunities for young actors.

See what attendees, including singer Usher Raymond, had to say about BAFTA’s new rule — and the film:

If you missed it, here’s a look at the trailer for the heated drama, also starring Viola Davis and Jovan Adepo:

What do you think about the diversity rule? 

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By Ruth Margolis