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LATEST DIVERSIFY NEWS

Johanna Koljonen

‘Measureable change’ on diversity within five years, Goteborg report

Goteborg Film Festival’s Nostradamus Project report predicts that audiences will rebel against content that doesn’t reflect diversity.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

Academy introduces diversity changes

In a unanimous vote, the Academy’s board of governors have approved what it called “substantive changes” designed to make the Academy’s membership, its governing bodies and voters “significantly more diverse”. 

Luther

Idris Elba calls for greater diversity in media

Idris Elba has argued that UK television is in need of a “Magna Carta moment” on diversity and is still failing to reflect modern Britain.

Cheryl Boone Isaacs

AMPAS head vows diversity review

Referring to the all-white roster of this year’s Oscar acting nominees, Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she was “heartbroken and frustrated”.

Star Wars Monopoly

Hasbro to add Rey to 'Star Wars' Monopoly following backlash

Toymaker vows to add lead character token following accusations of sexism.

Filming

Eurimages to honour female directors with dedicated prize

Best Female Director Prize to be worth $33,000.

Star Wars The Force Awakens press conference

JJ Abrams talks women in 'Star Wars'

Director of The Force Awakens reveals the thinking behind writing strong female roles.

Suffragette

Only six women directors in top 100 films at UK box office

Female directors, writers and stars are hugely under-represented in the UK top 100.

Femi Oguns

John Boyega’s agent on UK diversity: “There’s a storm coming”

Identity Agency Group CEO Femi Oguns talks diversity challenges ahead of Screen Film Summit appearance.

Carol Morley at This Way Up conference

Carol Morley slams gender imbalance in film industry

The Falling director spoke at This Way Up conference in Manchester.

Gods of Egypt

Lionsgate, Proyas issue 'Gods Of Egypt' diversity apology

Studio, director apologise over lack of diversity in Gods Of Egypt cast.

FEDS training scheme

First FEDS trainee scheme scores strong employment record

Traineeships in film exhibition, distribution and international sales led to employment for more than 50% of participants.

Clare Binns Screen Awards

Picturehouse exec Clare Binns calls for diversity shake-up

This year’s Screen Awards Exhibition Achievement Award winner also called for more women in top jobs.

Geena Davis Symposium

Geena Davis Symposium: UK stats healthier than US

The UK industry has something to celebrate about women in film - at least compared to more dismal stats in the US.

Euro flag

Germany calls for cultural diversity guarantee in TTIP talks

The German government has issued a clear call for guarantees of diversity in the areas of culture and media in the ongoing TTIP free trade negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the US.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis: Gender parity on screen can be changed overnight

At the rate of recent growth, it will take 700 years for women’s representation in the media to reach gender equality. That’s not good enough for Geena Davis, the Oscar-winning American actress and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Protesters on red carpet at BFI London Film Festival

Protests and Chantal Akerman tribute kick off BFI London Film Festival

Feminist protesters jumped the barriers at the premiere of Suffragette.

Cinema

ICO launches women in cinema scheme

Training scheme to help women in film exhibition take the step up into senior management.

Ellen Page at Zurich Film Festival

Zurich: Ellen Page calls for more diverse stories

Actress Ellen Page wants to show more diverse stories on screen as she builds up the producing side of her career,

Persistence key for female film-makers

A Warner Bros. executive has called for more scripts written by women writers to help correct the film industry’s gender imbalance.

Ridley Scott

Toronto: Ridley Scott questioned over diversity

Veteran director asked about diversity at a press conference for The Martian.

anjami patel

Pact appoints Anjani Patel head of diversity

Anjani Patel will replace outgoing head of diversity Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams.

Clare Stewart

BFI, LFF chiefs slam industry's "pathetic progress" with female directors

At the programme launch for the 59th BFI London Film Festival, festival director Clare Stewart [pictured] and BFI CEO Amanda Nevill highlighted the need to address the lack of women directors in the film industry.

Sarajevo Open Air

Sarajevo Regional Forum to tackle gender equality

Conference on gender equality to be held at Sarajevo Film Festival’s Regional forum

Hope Dickson Leach

Campaign launched to support parents in film industry

New initiative Raising Films launches crowdfunding campaign in a bid to hire a project manager.

Filming

UK creative industries see employment growth

DCMS report highlights BAME gains but gender imbalance in industries.

Dear White People

'Dear White People': will the UK listen to race comedy?

Well-received race and identity comedy Dear White People marks the first acquisition for The New Black Film Collective but the film faces significant challenges in the UK.

CJ Obasi

British Council launches UK-Nigeria screenwriting programme

The British Council is launching a new UK-Nigeria screenwriting partnership programme at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) titled Script Junction.

Claire Aguilar

Aguilar talks female focus at Doc/Fest

New programming head secured films by female filmmakers for close to 50% of the line-up.

Isabella Rossellini

Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to discuss sexism

Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.

FEATURE

Notes On Blindness

Can the UK film industry meet the diversity challenge?

31-Jan-2016 | By Andreas Wiseman

Long before the #OscarsSoWhite furore ignited, the British Film Institute had thrown down the gauntlet to the film industry with its new and extended diversity standards. Are the provisions on their own enough to bring more varied faces and stories to UK screens and meeting rooms?