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The Film That Lit My Fuse: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood

The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.

Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is the award-winning filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, who most recently directed The Old Guard, the Netflix hit that was on track to be watched 72M households after it launched last month.

In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Prince-Bythewood, whose other credits include Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights, talks about her formative influences including Benji (“the first film that made me cry in a cinema”) and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. She also reveals that she marveled at films, such as The Graduate and Goodfellas, in the early years of learning her craft and explains the important role her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood, has played in her career.

Check out the video above.

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