Magazine article Screen International

Asante Backs Directors UK Report

Magazine article Screen International

Asante Backs Directors UK Report

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British director Amma Asante (Belle, A United Kingdom) has told Screen that she feels the time may be right for affirmative action to address the issue of gender disparity in the UK film industry.

Her comments come in response to the newly published Directors UK report 'Cut Out of the Picture: A study into the gender and inequality amongst directors in UK film', which suggests targeted policy changes are needed.

"Huge kudos to Directors UK, and I understand why they are being so proactive," says Asante, who has previously expressed concerns about the introduction of quotas but welcomes the report's recommendations for gender parity targets in public funding.

"I've always wanted the feeling that I'm in the room because I deserve to be there but totally understand that, for many women, time may be too short to sit there and wait for change to come.

"We have to dismantle this idea of a default existence. One story must not be allowed to dominate," continues Asante, pointing to her own experiences with decision makers who can't see past the 'straight white male default'.

"My issue is that, as a woman of colour, lots of people want to talk. Often I will have gatekeepers who engage with me. …

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