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Spotlight on Women in Cinematography at LFF’s The Female Gaze

We’re delighted to be teaming up with the BFI London Film Festival to present The Female Gaze, a panel discussion about the importance of diversity in cinematography, focusing on the steps organisations and individuals can take to tackle underrepresentation behind the camera.

The discussion will be hosted by BFI Film and Events Programmer Anna Bogutskaya, and panellists include: Catherine Derry, cinematographer on the LFF Special Presentation Been So Long; Laura Bellingham, cinematographer and NFTS graduate, currently working on Romola Garai’s directorial debut feature Outside; IIana Garrard, camera and steadicam operator working on features and TV dramas including Trust directed by Danny Boyle; Lucy Brown, award-winning producer, media educator, Founder and Director of Trailblazing Women On and Off Screen; Oliver Stapleton, Co-Head of Cinematography at the NFTS and cinematographer onMy Beautiful Laundrette, The Grifters and Cider House Rules.

The discussion is part of the festival’s industry programme and will take place from 3:30pm until 5:00pm on Friday 19 October.

Tickets for WFTV Members

We have a limited number of tickets to give away to the event exclusively for WFTV members. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning one, simply e-mail newsletter@wftv.org.uk stating your full name and ‘The Female Gaze’ in the subject line no later than 5:00pm on Thursday 4 October.

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New Women Returners Schemes from BBC and Sky

The BBC and Sky have become the first UK broadcasters to partner with Women Returners, an organisation that helps people who have had a career break of two or more years return to work. The schemes offer six-month paid placements, with returners encouraged to apply for permanent roles after their placement is over.

The BBC scheme is looking to recruit mid-to-senior roles in its design and engineering department, including technical architects and software engineers. Returners will be based in its London, Salford or Glasgow offices.

The Sky scheme is offering five placements for leadership roles across its advertising, sport, technology, finance and product departments.

Women Returners was co-founded by Julianne Miles, who trained as a business psychologist after taking a four-year career break. Speaking about the schemes, she said: “These are not programmes to help out women, they are about bringing strong, diverse talent into your organisation, driven by your business needs.”

ONS figures show that women make up 89% of those taking career breaks, and thus the issues faced in returning to the workplace disproportionately affect women. Often those who have taken a career break – whether it’s to have children, care for elderly relatives or for other reasons – lack confidence and worry that their skillset is out of date. Women Returners’ own research, conducted with PWC, found that three in five professional women return to lower-skilled or lower-paid jobs after a career break. Women Returners’ schemes aim to ensure women return to the work place at the level they should be at, and that companies don’t lose out on the talent and experience that returners can bring.

Find out more about the BBC scheme here.

Find out more about the Sky scheme here.

Find out more about Women Returners here.

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Only 10% of U.S. TV Programmes Directed by Women

Now in its 21st year, the Boxed In study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film provides the most comprehensive historical record of women’s representation and employment in U.S. television available. Overall, the numbers are down this year.

Behind the scenes, women accounted for 27% of all creators, directors, writers, executive producers, producers, editors, and directors of photography, a decline of 1% from 2016-17. Overall, programmes employed behind-the-scenes women in relatively small numbers. For example, 69% of programmes employed five or fewer women in the roles considered. In contrast, only 13% of programmes employed five or fewer men.

Women fared best as producers (39%), followed by writers (27%). They comprised 26% of executive producers, 25% of creators, and 19% of editors. Women only accounted for 10% of directors and 3% of directors of photography.

On-screen, females comprised 40% of all speaking characters on dramas, comedies, and reality programmes appearing on the broadcast networks, premium and basic cable channels, and on streaming services. This represents a decline of 2% from 42% in 2016-17. Sixty-eight percent of programmes featured casts with more male than female characters in 2017-18. Eleven percent had ensembles with equal numbers of female and male characters, and 21% featured casts with more female than male characters.

Across all platforms, the percentage of Latina characters in speaking roles reached a historical high in 2017-18, accounting for 7% of all female characters (up from 5% in 2016-17), but they remain the most underrepresented ethnic group when compared to their representation in the U.S. population. Black characters remained steady at 19% of all female characters, and the percentage of Asian females remained unchanged at 6%.

Download the report here.

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go figure. makes sense

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