I am at a very early stage researching the Underground Railroad of US slavery days and its impact on a modern day black American family. These two factors are essential to the whole film. Now, I'm not American, I'm not black and most of my view of American life is through the lens of Hollywood. (Not a good start, eh?) Then I came across the remarks about Quentin Tarantino and his portrayal of black people. I quote " Quentin Tarantino is well accustomed to defending himself from “critics in black culture”, but his latest defence raises an interesting question. “If people don’t like my movies, they don’t like my movies, and if they don’t get it, it doesn’t matter,” Tarantino told Bret Easton Ellis in a recent New York Times interview. What does leave “a bad taste” in Tarantino’s mouth, he says, is the implication that his own whiteness disqualifies him from engaging with black culture at all. “It’s been a long time since the subject of a writer’s skin was mentioned as often as mine,” he complained. “You wouldn’t think the color of a writer’s skin should have any effect on the words themselves.” So, should I just bin my idea? And if I do how far do I take this notion. Can I write only white male English roles? After all, I'm not a woman either! Any thoughts?