Racist stereotyping in auditions, and major BFI study into representation in UK film

More from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity at Birmingham City University.

“Two thirds of actors of colour have experienced racist stereotyping in an audition, while more than 50% have experienced racism in the workplace, according to a survey of 1,300 performers.”

The study [pdf] ‘Race Between the Lines: Actors’ Experience of Race and Racism in Britain’s Audition and Casting Process and On Set’ claims the audition process is “one of the most pernicious sites of institutional racism in the industry”.

Meanwhile, University College London (UCL) is launching a major £1m research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

This will look into the links between racism, racial inequality, diversity and policy in the UK film industry, working closely with the BFI.

“The Colour of Diversity: A Longitudinal Analysis of BFI Diversity Standards Data and Racial Inequality in the UK Film Industry is a three-year research study that will explore the true nature of the presence, representation and experiences of Black and minority ethnic identities within the UK film industry.”

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