A CROWD funded early screening of Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time got the thumbs up from the film’s director Ava DuVernay on the weekend.
Many dressed in plaid as the film’s hero as 165 children and their chaperones filled a cinema at Hoyts Garden City on March 25 thanks to the $3180 raised by generous donators to send them there.
Ebony and Ivory salon owner Joan Dellavalle created the GoFundMe page to ensure the children would get a dose of inspiration from the film, about bullied teenager Meg Murry (Storm Reid) searching for her missing dad.
The film also stars Ms Dellavalle’s idol Oprah Winfrey, who she met in 2010.
While falling short of the $5000 goal, Ms Dellavalle said the fundraising page was still open for donations, which she planned to use for more screenings in other states and to purchase A Wrinkle in Time books for children.
“I knew it was going to be one of those epic movies that will be so inspiring for a lot of kids,” she said.
Ms Dellavalle tweeted a picture of some of the children at the screening in costume to DuVernay, who said it was “so cool”.
“OMG. The plaid shirts?! Yes! Much respect to all the #MegMurry lovers in Australia. We’ll be tessering there this weekend. So cool, @DellavalleJoan!,” she tweeted.
Thank you @ava for creating a role of young girl in @WrinkleInTime that has inspired girls worldwide to be #Warriors our guests at @WrinkleInTime premier in Perth Australia dressed up as meg @stormreid in #WrinkleinTime #wrinkleeffect #wrinkleintimeevent #beawarrior #disney pic.twitter.com/24JH4vpbQC
— Joan Dellavalle (@DellavalleJoan) March 25, 2018