Venus And Serena Williams Hit Back At Claims Made By Film
Tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams have hit back at claims made in a film depiction of their lives following the negative portrayal of their father.
The famous sisters have decided to withdraw their support of the film Venus and Serena, which tells the story of the duos personal and professional lives, by not turning up to the movie premiere which they were scheduled to attend at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this week.
Older sister Venus in particular is thought to be furious at the depiction of her father Richard Williams as controlling in the film, shot by ABC news veterans Maiken Baird and Michelle Major.
As the sisters were originally on board with supporting the making of the film, there is over 450 hours of exclusive real life footage of Venus and Serena, with cameras following them in their homes as well as with them as they travelled to various hotels and sporting competitions over the course of a year. However, as neither of the two sisters signed any pre-conditions of the editing of footage before the project started, the finished result wasn’t quite what they expected.
Despite Venus expressing her disproval of the picture the film makers create of her father back in August when she saw a preview of the film, very little changes were made from the original to the finished product much to the sister’s dismay.
The film pries into the personal life of not only Venus and Serena but their father Richard, highlighting his extra-marital affair, and focusing on the children he has fathered out of wedlock. The film does however show Venus and Serena in a fairly positive light, celebrating their triumphant on and off the tennis court.
Director Baird expressed his disappointment in Venus and Serena’s negative reaction to the movie, releasing the following statement: “We think this is an important story, and we can only hope Venus and Serena come to see it that way too.”
Article By Victoria Beckett