Magazine article Screen International

Alison Owen: International Market Hampering Drama Diversity

Magazine article Screen International

Alison Owen: International Market Hampering Drama Diversity

Article excerpt

Saving Mr Banks producer Alison Owen has claimed that diversity in UK drama is being hampered by the increasingly international nature of the genre.

Owen, managing director of Ruby Film and Television, said she had seen on screen diversity "get better and then get worse" in recent years, highlighting attitudes in other nations as a barrier.

"When I started in the industry, funding was very much domestic from the UK," she explained. "But what's really difficult is if you're trying to raise money for something and you're raising for an international market. Try selling something to Italy with black people starring in it, try selling something to Asia with women in it. It's really hard."

Owen added that it was "dispiriting" as she had "fought so hard" for women and ethnic minorities "only to see that bit eaten away as international sales form so much of the funding these days".

Speaking this week at a diversity event organised by campaign group Act For Change, Owen was asked how she combats prejudice and replied: "I will ignore it and put my budget down so I don't have to sell to that country. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.