Magazine article Screen International

Hair Apparent

Magazine article Screen International

Hair Apparent

Article excerpt

Stop the presses! British film industry is middle class.

Not landed that dream gig yet? Maybe your hairstyle is to blame.

According to new research from the British Sociological Association, the British film industry is dominated by the middle classes.

No kidding, eh? There's also not enough women and ethnic minorities working in film. When will the shocks end?

The study says that working-class people are discriminated against because they don't have the "right accents, hairstyles, clothes or backgrounds" to get high-quality film and TV jobs through friends of friends.

Professor Irena Grugulis, of Durham University, and Dr Dimitrinka Stoyanova, of the University of St Andrews, spent three months interviewing 77 people working in the industry, including producers, directors, camera operators, location managers, researchers, make-up artists and PAs. Of those, 64 were middle-class, and 58 of these were engaged in high-quality work, defined by the researchers as feature films and terrestrial or satellite TV productions. …

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