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'Culture Of Nepotism' In British Film Industry

The film industry is facing shortages of a variety of skilled professionals.

Nepotism, word-of-mouth employment practices and the widespread use of unpaid work experience have created a “pandemic lack of inclusion” in the British film industry, a report backed by movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Kathleen Kennedy says.
Broccoli, producer of James Bond movies, and Kennedy, president of the Star Wars film-maker Lucasfilm, are throwing their weight behind a plan, backed by £20m of national lottery money, to improve diversity in the sector.
The report on film employment, whether of camera operators, riggers, props or hairdressers, shows a striking lack of diversity and “significant obstacles” to people getting jobs in the first place.
Heather Carey, an associate consultant at the Work Foundation thinktank, led the data research for the report and found major barriers. “There is a culture of nepotism and a lot of the employers we spoke to just recruit via word of mouth,” she said.
“You tend to get that a bit in certain industries but in this industry it is kind of … that’s how it’s done. If you don’t have the network it is incredibly difficult to get in and progress.”
Added to that were few opportunities for apprenticeships and the employment of people on unpaid work experience for long periods all helping to create “a pandemic lack of inclusion in this industry”, Carey said.
The research was commissioned by the BFI and forms part of a report and 10-point action plan submitted to the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, on Wednesday evening. The plan was overseen by a taskforce chaired by Broccoli.
The audit of the film industry found:
  • • Only 3% of the film production workforce is from a minority ethnic background, compared with 12.5% nationally.
  • • Women make up 40% of the workforce and are paid £3,000 less on average than male counterparts.
  • • Only 12% of the workforce is from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
  • • Just 5% of screen workers consider themselves disabled.
  • • A labour supply problem is on the horizon because too many potential entrants are studying media and communications rather than more technical areas.
  • • Getting your foot in the door is difficult unless you are from a privileged background, with the average worker doing 46 days of unpaid work experience before gaining their first “official” position.
  • • There is a sense among many that the industry is a “closed shop” with producers wanting to use the same crews over and again.
  • The film industry is facing shortages of a variety of skilled workers from make-up artists to carpenters to business analysts but Carey said there was a lack of awareness that the opportunities even existed.
  • Film production in the UK is buoyant and growing, with 56 films beginning production in the first three months of 2017.
  • The UK film sector currently employs 66,000 people and the report estimates that 10,000 new workers will be needed over the next five years. 
  • Broccoli agreed to chair the taskforce after becoming aware of the skills shortage while filming the Bond movies at Pinewood. She said: “We live in a diverse society and it is vital both culturally and commercially that our industry reflects this in front of and behind the camera. 

“With industry, education and government uniting behind this new strategy and action plan we know that we will be able to increase the number of people working in film and ensure we have a representative workforce.”
The BFI has pledged £20m of national lottery money to start the action plan, which includes measures to demystify getting in to the film industry as well as bursaries and schemes to encourage industry practitioners to share their knowledge and expertise.
Lucasfilm is supporting the initiative and has a training programme which could provide a model for other productions.
It currently has 28 trainees working on the untitled Han Solo film being made this year at Pinewood. On the programme, 75% of the trainees are women, 45% from BAME backgrounds, 68% were recruited from outside Greater London and 36% received free meals at school.
Kennedy said: “This initiative is meaningful for both Lucasfilm and the film industry at large. Diversity is just as important behind the scenes as it is on screen. More points of view, more perspectives, and more voices will only make films better.”
The chief executive of the BFI, Amanda Nevill, said there was no magic wand to solve the skills problems. She said: “We approach this quite humbly but we know what needs to be done and the good thing is that this whole piece of work was ignited by the industry itself ... We know the industry is ready to change the way they do things in order to fix this.”