Directors UK – Promoting a safe environment in the film and broadcast industry

Tuesday 04 February 2020

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Premm has recently worked with Directors UK to design a guide to help the industry manage a safe environment for all involved in filming scenes involving nudity and simulated sex. Directors UK, the association that represents UK TV and film directors recommends best practice for working with actors, intimacy coordinators, and the industry as a whole.

“Everyone deserves the right to feel safe at work,” say Directors UK. “This is just as true when working on a Hollywood blockbuster as it is on a prime-time drama or a debut short film.”

“The director, as the creative lead on a production, should set the tone for a professional and respectful on-set environment,” said UK Directors film committee chair Susanna White.

A statement from Bafta described Directors UK as being “hugely instrumental” in addressing “bullying and harassment” in the industry.

The BBC covered the guidelines in a recent article here.

Directors UK have produced a number of reports reflecting the current state of the industry, which aim to improve the workplace and the opportunities for all. Recent reports that Premm have also designed include;

– Adjusting the Colour Balance – A report on Black, Asian and minority ethnic representation among screen directors working in UK Television.

– Who’s Calling the Shots? – Gender equality among screen directors working in UK Television.