Beacon Films have been in touch. They work to promote and train workers with learning disabilities seeking to work in the film and TV industries.
They support their project members to:
- Discover Filmmaking Talents
- Develop Professional Skills
- Work on Film Commissions
- Become Independent Filmmakers
- Showcase Skills and Talents
They are part of the UK Disability Arts Alliance which has a ‘We Shall Not Be Removed‘ campaign. They have a ‘Seven Principles‘ charter. There’s a good write up of this initiative in The Stage [£], here.
They are particularly interested in Bectu’s campaigns on long hours working as this creates a significant barrier to people with disabilities. They are also interested in job-sharing – I’ve referred them to Share My Telly Job.
There are also serious concerns about the informal networks that are used for recruitment, and the demarcations between different genres (scripted, unscripted, features, etc) which also exclude many potential workers.