In an era in which the lack of diversity behind the camera is a hot topic, Meghie is as cool as a cucumber. How tough is it being a female director of color? “Unquantifiable,” she notes drily. Meghie, who grew up in Toronto, cites such filmmakers as Pedro Almodovar, Spike Lee, Tamara Jenkins, Woody Allen, Paolo Sorrentino and Gina Prince as inspirations. She got her start as a director when she studied screenwriting in school, where she wrote the intergenerational family comedy “Jean of the Joneses.”
“The story was loosely based on my family so it was really close to me,” says Meghie. “I coerced people to let me direct it.” It was her directorial debut and premiered at both SXSW and the Toronto Film Festival, scoring Meghie a 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for first screenplay.
For a followup, Meghie signed on to direct the MGM/Warner Bros. adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best-selling love story “Everything, Everything,” starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, which is set to release in May. Then it’s back to writing on another feature and developing television projects. “I want to continue making films, develop projects in television and produce,” she says.
– Iain Blair