Eight “clear and simple” principles to tackle bullying and harassment in the UK’s screen industries have been published in an effort to stamp out abuse.
The British Film Institute (BFI) said the principles and zero-tolerance guidance, drawn up over the last three months, was a first for the UK film, television and video game industries.
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Devised with the help and input of more than 20 industry organisations and unions, the principles are supported by actors including Emma Watson, Jodie Whittaker, Gemma Arterton and Gemma Chan, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli, Rebecca O’Brien and Alison Owen.
They include a shared responsibility to respect others and a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment. Number one of the eight principles is: “Everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace that is positive and supportive.”
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Another says there must be provision of “adequate protection for complainants and victims, and, where bullying or harassment is found to have occurred, taking appropriate action against bullies or harassers.”
Number eight is: “We will respect each other’s dignity, regardless of the seniority of our role in an organisation.”
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As well as the BFI principles, developed in partnership with Bafta, details of a support line were also announced on Wednesday. The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) charity said the support line would launch in April and be available for all issues in people’s lives.
Alex Pumfrey, the CTBF chief executive, said the “horrifying” revelations of harassment and abuse “adds to the underreported incidence of stress, anxiety, health and mental health issues, and financial difficulty that can affect anyone”.
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The BFI’s head of diversity, Jennifer Smith, said the scale and the magnitude of the sexual harassment crisis in the industry, which began with allegations against the producer Harvey Weinstein, had been galvanising.
The new principles are a first step, she said. “We are very...
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