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Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton: costume dramas limit roles for black actors in UK

“I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.”

Number of films with female leads reaches record high in 2016

Study shows that 29% of films in 2016 had a woman as the lead character.

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Bafta improves diversity initiatives in response to new report

Research highlights problems with class and “unconscious bias”.

Jodie Foster

Number of women directors fell in 2016, study finds

There was a drop in the number of women working on high profile Hollywood films, despite ongoing diversity debate.

BFI: 60% of UK films in last 10 years featured no black actors Video

New BFI research reaffirms alarming diversity trends.

Sarah McCarthy and Michelle Sahayan

Screen Australia fast-tracks female-led films

Screen Australia has committed AU$3m ($2.3m) towards fast-tracking 58 projects by female filmmakers, as part of a broader gender equality initiative.

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NFTS launches trio of initiatives to support women directors

A mentorship programme and paid internships are being introduced in a bid to help boost the number of female directors in the industry.


Raising Films survey spotlights challenges of parenting in film business

A new UK survey proves what many people already know anecdotally, that it’s a challenge being a parent and working in the film and TV industries.


"Challenge" to get ordinary Muslims on camera, says Doc/Fest panel

Media misrepresentation of Muslims, and fear of reproach from within their communities, are hindering depictions of the less “extreme” and pluralist aspects of Islam, according to leading filmmakers.

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Diversity quota for film tax credit, suggests Ken Loach producer

MEDIA SUMMIT: Rebecca O’Brien, producer of Cannes winner I, Daniel Blake, also criticized nepotism in the film industry.


First female-centric film finance initiative launches in Cannes

Boudica is headed by co-financiers of seven films including The Falling and Iona.

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BFI mulls covering childcare costs in bid to boost diversity

The BFI has said it expects to allocate 50% of its funding to women directors by 2020 - and is considering covering childcare costs for some writers and directors.

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Women in film "Wikipedia" planned

Database curated by Swedish Film Institute, which currently includes 700 film-makers, will expand globally.

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Women only 20% of UK production personnel, says report

AHRC-funded report also finds that only 1.5% of key personnel on UK film productions in 2015 were BAME women.

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Why are women directors so sparse at major festivals?

Screen spoke to festival heads and industry about why women directors remain painfully sparse in the main strands at major festivals.