British Film Institute Says ‘Change Is Too Slow’ as It Unveils Three-Year Diversity Study

Labor News, Industry News

Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Grater on January 22, 2020.

UK funding body the British Film Institute (BFI) has published a study on how its ‘Diveristy Standards’, the guidelines introduced in 2016 to improve diversity in film production, engaged with representation in 235 movies across a three-year period.

The disclosed data is complex to draw concise conclusions from, but the org said the topline is that productions applying are showing a commitment to improving inclusion, but ultimately there is a long way to go, and that progress is not fast enough at this stage.

“From this report, and what we hear from industry, we can see the Standards are having a positive impact on representation both on screen and behind the camera, particularly when they are used early in pre-production. However, it also shows us where change is too slow and that there is more work to be done,” said Ben Roberts, who will soon be stepping up to the role of BFI CEO as incumbent Amanda Nevill departs. …

Deadline Hollywood 1/22

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