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Film and TV apprenticeships launched as new Charter pledges greater diversity in Creative Industries

Major studios urged to adopt the British Film Institute’s (BFI) world-leading diversity standards.

  • Film and TV apprenticeships pilot announced as new figures show booming job growth across the Creative Industries
  • New industry-led diversity charter to drive a step change across all creative sectors

Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has announced a new apprenticeships pilot scheme to enable young people from underrepresented groups to work on some of the most hotly-anticipated films and TV programmes made in the UK.

Visiting the set of the new James Bond film at the internationally-renowned Pinewood Studios, the Secretary of State also signalled his support for a new Creative Industries Council (CIC) Charter designed to drive greater diversity across the UK’s Creative Industries.

DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright said:

The UK is a powerhouse for award-winning creativity enjoyed by millions globally. But our Creative Industries cannot remain the preserve of the privileged, which is why we are helping to create new opportunities to develop a more diverse workforce.

I welcome the Creative Industries Council’s Diversity Charter and also call for firm commitments from major studios, both in the UK and worldwide, to adopt the BFI’s pioneering Diversity Standards. Companies must provide opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to go as far as their talents take them in this thriving sector.

Building on calls by the CIC and ScreenSkills, DCMS has committed £100,000 to help deliver the innovative Film and TV Apprenticeships pilot which will enable around 25 apprentices to benefit from hands-on experience on the sets of major films and TV shows.

It will explore a new model for how high-quality apprenticeships can be used to deliver multiple placements on film and TV productions, as well as addressing skills shortages.

The pilot will launch in late 2019 with recruitment focussed on young people from all backgrounds and without previous relevant qualifications.

The CIC Charter commits the industry to take action in eight areas to create a more diverse workforce and output that appeals to people from all backgrounds and regions of the UK. It has been formally adopted by the Council, which is made up of leading figures across the Creative Industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film.

The industry-wide pledge builds on a range of initiatives in place across creative sub-sectors including the BFI’s Diversity Standards aimed specifically at the screen industries.

Jeremy Wright has also urged US and UK film studios to follow the example of Paramount and do more to improve diversity in the screen industries by adopting the BFI’s Standards for every current and future production made in the UK.

His visit comes as Pinewood launches its new Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy, with a commitment to encourage all future productions to take up the BFI’s Standards.

New figures show the number of jobs in the Creative Industries sectors stood at just over 2 million in 2018, an increase of 1.6% from 2017 and accounting for 6.2% of all UK jobs. The number of jobs in the Creative Industries has increased by 30.6% from 2011: three times the growth rate of employment in the UK overall.

Barbara Broccoli, OBE, Producer, EON Productions Ltd said:

We are grateful to Jeremy Wright for his determination to get the levy funds our sector pays into the fund unlocked for our largely freelance industry. The film industry is projecting severe skill shortages in the next 5-10 years and it is vital we invest in training through apprenticeships, to ensure that we have a healthy and diverse workforce in the future.

Tim Davie, Chair of the Creative Industries Council said:

Diversity and inclusion is crucial to the vitality of our world class Creative Industries. To sustain our success, and spark creative new ideas, it is vital that we draw on and develop the broadest possible talent pool, and ensure that our businesses and output reflect and resonate with people from all backgrounds.

I am delighted that the CIC has adopted the Diversity Charter. This is a major statement of intent from the creative industries and will help us drive real change across all our sectors, building on the range of initiatives already in place. I look forward to continuing work with colleagues from across the creative industries on this important agenda.

Amanda Nevill, CEO of BFI said

We are living in a time of unprecedented and sustained growth in the UK’s Creative Industries – from being home to the world’s longest standing and most loved franchise that is James Bond to launching the careers of some of the most exciting new storytellers in the world.

But we know that we need upwards of 10000 new entrants to join our industry so it is essential that we find new and existing talent. It’s fantastic to have such solid commitment from Government to insist on diversity and inclusion which sends out such a positive message of welcome to anyone considering a career in this industry.

Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills CEO said:

We welcome the Government’s move to working with us to unlock the apprenticeship levy for the screen industries. The opportunity to earn while you learn has huge potential to encourage new and diverse talent to join our booming film and television sector while tackling its skills needs. The pilot will provide an opportunity to stress-test a new approach to using levy funds to deliver high-quality training. We are working on ironing out the details as it is vital to find a way for the apprenticeship levy to support UK screen.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

It’s great that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is investing in apprenticeships to help more young people from underrepresented groups to pursue a career in TV and film.

Apprenticeships give people of all backgrounds the chance to learn the skills they need to get a great job. There are a range of high-quality and exciting apprenticeship opportunities available in creative industries – everything from Junior 2D Artist, to Broadcast production assistant or Post production technical operator.

“I would urge anyone who is thinking of a career in the sector to visit our apprenticeships website www.apprenticeships.gov.uk and kick-start their apprenticeships journey today.”

The Adequately-Clothed Philanthropist

The Adequately-Clothed Philanthropist

North Staffs TV aims to feature as many films as possible made by local people.   This week we have been speaking to local film maker Richard Steele about his film The Adequately-Clothed Philanthropist and also find out what got him into film making.

The Film Maker – Richard Steele

We asked Richard what got him into film making and how long he had been making films for “I got into film making with a friend in my twenties as we would absorb loads of films and became convinced we could make better films than some of them!.  A group of us started out in 1999, but I’ve been making films solo since 2002. There are a number of local film makers who make far better films than I, and more often, I’m just interested in the idea – I usually do one about once a year. I started out as an editor first and foremost – I still feel like the directing part is only a formality to get to the edit suite!

We asked him if he is big film fan himself and what sort of films he likes to watch “I love films – as long as the idea is good I’ll give anything a go! Though I’m more interested in film theory; I see myself as a theorist first and practitioner second. I used to be a media lecturer and I always tried to get my students to apply the theory in their work rather than just go out and shoot random things. I’m a fan of British social realism, from the Free Cinema Movement in the 1950s up to Shane Meadows and Ken Loach. In fact I’m writing about the representation of the working-class in contemporary British cinema for my MA dissertation. I also like anything philosophical and challenges the nature of memory and reality – I studied a lot of Baudrillard!

The Film – The Adequately-Clothed Philanthropist

The film is about a Trade Union leader who goes undercover in order to find out how the state of modern business operates within traditionally public, state-funded services.

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Richard got the idea for the film watching a few episodes of The Secret Millionaire and Undercover Boss.  He always thought that a few grand from a millionaire for a charity doesn’t solve anything in the long run, despite their good intentions. So he thought what if the system could change? After all, the same system allows for such parity between rich and poor in the first place. So it was a reversal – An average guy going ‘undercover’ with the representatives of neoliberal capitalism. As for the ideas for what the main character is up against, these were all based on articles he read in the press beforehand – companies like Argos and Poundland did agree to take on benefit claimants as working for their benefits, and PFI hospitals are always looking to drive down pay and conditions.

The title of the film is a humorous spin on the title of Robert Tressell’s excellent novel ‘The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists’, about the reality of being working-class in the early part of the 20th Century. The draconian conditions and unsteady work seems to be resurging today with zero-hour contracts etc.

In regards to the filming altogether it took about 2 weeks, although not every day. It was shot out of sequence to accommodate the actors’ availability.  In total it was about 3 months or so, from mulling over the idea to finished edit.

Richard toyed with the idea of making it into a series, as there are so many other aspects of modern society that could have been highlighted through satire – particularly the issue of forced academization of schools, but in the end he decided to focus on the NHS and workfare. It was just a case of breaking it up in the script and trying to emulate the type of reality shows he was imitating.

For the film production there was Richard and his actors Rob Bateman, Kerry Sirrell, Rosemarie Gibson. He also talked local film maker John Williams into taking a part too. As it was his first film in 4 years at the time John also gave him some guidance in pre-production.

Cost wise, there wasn’t that much to buy, just a litter grabber and a set of scrubs for the nurse but that was about it! For locations he asked Burslem School of Art and Newcastle Baptist church for permission to film there to give the impression of many different locations.

We asked Richard what tips would he give to anyone thinking of making a film “As well as the cliché-ridden platitudes of filming what you know, I would also say that on low/no budget it’s always useful to get round problems creatively – that’s what I enjoy about the process anyway. For example I approached a few hotels to let me film there as originally I wrote for Nigel to stay in a hotel (in contrast to the squalid conditions the TV millionaires stay in), but I couldn’t get permission, so changed the script to a B and B and used my uncle’s house. There’s always ways round things, you just have to find them and adapt. Also, technical knowledge and showy effects are no substitute for a really good idea. Though if you’ve got both you’re a better film maker than I and I’d love to see it!

You can watch the film below.  Do let us know your thoughts on this locally made film.


Isolated – View The Film FREE (Tomorrow 16-06-2016)

Isolated is the feature film directorial debut from Stoke On Trent’s very own Fuwad Abrar. Isolated is about Jack (Samuel Vaughn) who commits the biggest mistake of his life and is trying to fix the thing he regrets the most.

View the film for FREE on the big screen at the Sutherland Community Project (Bidds), full cinema experiance with an amazing sound system. There will be a bar open on the night.

Doors open at 6pm film will start at 7pm. Large free onsite carpark.

Address : Sutherland Road, Longton, Stoke on Trent, ST3 1HZ

Filmed in and around Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire.

Starring – Samuel Vaughn, Gerald Maliqi, Deshira Latifaj, Chris Myatt, Jake Ballard, Chris Wood, Adrian Dobrzynski and Paul Caddick.

Note : This film is rated 15.

To read our previous article and view a trailer click here.

There is a Facebook event page for this  – https://www.facebook.com/events/1028256943925249/