Met Film School presents ‘Met Spotlight On: Women and the Big Picture’
We work hard to support our female students in their career pursuit, but the UK film industry must work harder.
Met Spotlight on: Women and the Big Picture is the first in a series of white papers from the film school. It highlights the gender disparity evident in film and media production, and makes suggestions for bringing balance to the industry.
The report suggests a series of steps to help bring balance to the industry, including:
- An industry mentoring scheme supporting women, and other under-represented groups.
- Formal partnerships between film companies and film schools.
- Masterclasses at film and media schools from experienced female creatives and technicians, increasing visible representation and inspiring students.
Lisa Neeley, School Director, said:
“We are pleased that 45% of our student population is female – but this should not be exceptional. We have an obligation along with other media education providers to actively seek a diverse student body and train the next generation of multi-skilled, diverse screen storytellers. This has to go hand in hand with promoting greater access into the creative industries – removing the de factor barriers that limit participation – key industry and political decision makers across the sector need to facilitate greater representation, which involves moving from dialogue to action. The creative industries offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities, and we need to ensure that the next generation is equipped to take advantage of these wide ranging opportunities.”
We encourage everyone who feels inspired by the white paper to share it on social media – please tag @MetFilmSchool or use the #womeninfilm hashtag.