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Exciting News from BAFTA!!

2018 has been an incredible year for conversations around gender and race equality in various professions, with the spotlight well and truly on the TV & Film Industry to pave the way for meaningful change. 

BAFTA are leading the inclusive charge and have announced that as of 2019, entries for 2 of BAFTA's most prestigious awards (Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer) will only be accepted if they meet BAFTA's new diversity standards, which include.

  • On-screen characters and themes
  • Senior roles and crew
  • Industry training and career progression
  • Audience access and appeal to under-represented audience

And with movies such as Farming, Black Panther, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Book Club and Sorry To Bother You taking centre stage this year it's seems greater representation is on the up.

"The areas of under-representation the Standards address are all the protected characteristics from the Equality Act 2010, as they pertain to the act. These are gender, gender identity, age, carers (including working parents), pregnancy/maternity, disability, race/ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation and marriage/civil partnerships. The Standards also seek to address under-representation of people from lower socio-economic groups and ensure wide regional participation."

 Been -so -long

This is fantastic news for the industry and long over due. Tower Hamlets as a borough is the epitome of diversity, with results from a 2011 census showing Tower Hamlets to have one of the most diverse populations in the country, home to many ethnicities including the largest Bangladeshi community in the UK.

'Valuing diversity is one of the four core values of Tower Hamlets Council. We will promote diversity and equality in everything we do to improve the quality of life for everyone living, working and visiting Tower Hamlets. The borough's diversity is one of its greatest strengths and assets. We will build upon this by working with the Tower Hamlets Partnership to provide accessible and responsive services that enable everyone to take part in the social, cultural and economic wealth of the borough.'

 (Tower Hamlets Equality and Diversity Policy Statement)

The Film Office are proud to have hosted a range of projects with diversified and female heavy crews / cast over the last 12 months or so, including, Been So Long, Namaste, Killing Eve, Yardi, The Bisexuals and Top Boy.

We have also worked several times with Londons Centre for film and photography, Four Corners, sourcing students for on set work experience, who's current projects include The Modern Suffragette and Aldgate East: My Neighbourhood.