Campaigning for Equality in the Screen Industries
Statistics show that only 1% - 5% of the UK screen industry workforce have a disability.
And yet, disabled people make up 15% of the working-age population.
It is through the creative sectors that society reflects and understands itself. So it is particularly important that people with disabilities and additional needs are included in the these industries to build understanding and reduce prejudice across society.
A new part of our work is to try to improve the representation of disabled people in the screen industry – in both on and off screen roles.
Working with Carousel and 104 Films, and supported by the BFI's Diversity Fund, we started a steering group – which includes disabled people working in the industry today – to try and address this problem.
This led to the launch of “Disabling the Screen” in October 2017 at the very prestigious BFI London Film Festival and the inaugural meeting of the Action Group (image below), kindly hosted by Sky TV in London in early 2018.