I can't count the number of times I have heard someone comment about how strange it is to hear a minority with a British accent. Why is that? It seems to be that damned glass door! According to the BBC, Britain's Trades Union Congress has just completed a study on the UK film and television industry. Unsurprisingly, they've stated that it tends to grab a workforce consisting of mainly white people who have high-income backgrounds. While studies like this are good, it's pretty much a case of stating the obvious. (They have also noted that young people feel ill-prepared for the industry after training, and that they suffer from having a lack of contacts -- something networking supporters have been saying for a while.)

Gerry Morrissey of a workers' union named Bectu, says: "Too many black and ethnic minority workers meet a glass door when it comes to accessing opportunities for employment, commissions, and progression in our industry. As a result, employers are recruiting from a pool of talent that is an increasingly small share of what's actually available." And some in the industry seem to agree. Dinah Caine from Skillset, a council for the A-V industry, admits that "effective pathways" must be made "for all London communities." What remains to be seen is whether this study will fall on deaf ears, or whether we'll see a wave of new and diverse talent in the near future.
categories Movies, Cinematical