Magazine article Screen International

Open Letter on Film Industry Harassment Attracts 500 Signatures

Magazine article Screen International

Open Letter on Film Industry Harassment Attracts 500 Signatures

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Campaigning organisation Raising Films calls for measures to prevent misconduct.

An open letter published by campaigning organisation Raising Films has attracted more than 500 signatures.

The letter calls for “a detailed, in-depth, sector-wide, independent investigation” into the recent revelations of sexual misconduct that have been exposed across the film industry.

Signatories include execs from BBC Films, Film4, Independent Film Sales, the Independent Cinema Office, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and more.

The letter is asking for four measures to be introduced:

* A detailed, in-depth, sector-wide independent investigation into the extent of discrimination, harassment and other unlawful/unfair employment practices, led by a national industry body.

* Following that investigation, an industry-specific tribunal, headed by a legal expert, funded by the Skills Levy, with the power to arbitrate and to order compensation for those who have been subject to unlawful employment practice.

* A support network, including support for individuals going to court or tribunal, and provision of guidance for employees, collaborated between unions and guilds. …

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