Magazine article Screen International

Bafta, BFI Set to Reveal UK Industry Guidelines on Harassment

Magazine article Screen International

Bafta, BFI Set to Reveal UK Industry Guidelines on Harassment

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Guidelines aimed at stamping out bullying and harassment.

Amanda Berry

Bafta and the BFI are due to unveil a set of industry guidelines concerning harassment and workplace bullying “in coming weeks”, according to Bafta executives.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Bafta nominations in London, Bafta chair Jane Lush said that the academy wants to “stamp out pernicious work practices” by introducing a “unified set of principles and guidelines”.

Bafta and the BFI have drawn up the guidelines after consultation with more than 40 UK organisations including union Bectu, Directors UK and WFTV. The BFI has previously discussed the “principles” in an interview with Screen.

“We too are determined that the brave revelations, and make no mistake, they were very brave, become a watershed moment for a real lasting change across the workforce in film, game and television,” Lush said about recent industry-wide revelations about harassment.

“It’s not only ‘Me Too’ but it’s ‘We Too’,” she commented. Lush also praised Golden Globes host Seth Meyers for “skewering, brilliantly and honestly” and Oprah Winfrey for her speech at the US awards in which she condemned gender imbalance. …

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