Written by Ghameli
Ghanaian-British Filmmaker, Amma Asante is the first woman to receive the Empire Inspiration Award.
The award is in recognition of her impact in the movie world.
She was presented with the award by actor Idris Elba. Asante spoke about diversity, representation and equality during her acceptance speech.
Previous winners include Spike Lee, Guillermo Del Toro, Luc Benson and Christopher Nolan.
The 23rd edition of the event was held at Roundhouse Theatre in London, England on Sunday, March 18, 2018.
The awards scheme is powered by British film magazine, EMPIRE and honours the best films and film makers.
Asante was born to Ghanaian parents in England.
She was an actor on BBC’s Grange Hills, and other productions in the 80s and 90s.
Her credits as a director are: ‘A Way of Life’ released in 2004. It tells the story of a group of white teenagers who persecute and eventually murder their Turkish Muslim neighbour.
Her second movie is ‘Belle’ – the critically acclaimed movie released in 2014, which tells the story of the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a British admiral who played an important role in the campaign to abolish slavery in England.
Her third movie ‘A United Kingdom’ is based on the true story of Botswana’s first president, Seretse Khama, who fell in love with a London Officer Worker, Ruth Williams, who became the first lady of Botswana.
The cast received a standing ovation when the movie premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF.)
Asante also made history as the first black female director to open the festival in its 60 years of operation.
Her upcoming movie is ‘Where Hands Touch,’ a British romance drama war is currently in post-production.
She was recently named as the director of ‘Billion Dollar Spy,’ an upcoming movie adaptation about a soviet-spy during the cold war.
Asante was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2017.