Magazine article Screen International

Working Title School Readied in Bid to Boost Skills and Diversity

Magazine article Screen International

Working Title School Readied in Bid to Boost Skills and Diversity

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Love Actually producers backing sixth form college with diversity focus.

Ladbroke House

Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan participated in a TIFF talk on Monday in which they discussed their motivations for backing a new London sixth form college which will have a specialism in film.

The Four Weddings And A Funeral and Love Actually producers, in Toronto with Victoria And Abdul and Darkest Hour, submitted a planning application for the facility to Islington Council in July of this year.

The company will sponsor (its financial commitment is unknown) the free sixth form college in north London in a bid to help foster new generations of skilled workers in the industry and boost diversity.

The Working Title School, which is due to eventually host 1,000 16-19 year-old pupils, will be located in Ladbroke House, the site of the former Metropolitan University building in Highbury Grove, which has been empty since 2015.

“We go to film production studios and they are not diverse,” Bevan said. ”That is not right. We realised we had to go back and start at the education level.”

Fellner added: “We want to ensure we get an absolutely diverse set of students from diverse backgrounds into the industry. We don’t have a quick fix but we want to help them realise the opportunities in the hope their voices will multiply. …

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