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08 February 2018

Time’s Up Being Established in UK and Industry Guidelines to be Unveiled Soon

Inspired by Time’s Up in Hollywood, dozens of prominent British women are in the process of forming their own version of the movement here in the UK. So far, it mainly consists of actresses, including Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson and Daisy Ridley, but also producers including Barbara Broccoli, Rebecca O’Brien and Alison Owen, writer/director and WFTV Patron Gurinder Chadha, screenwriters Abi Morgan and Jessica Swale, as well as representatives from industry organisations, including of course WFTV.

Following the lead of action taken in Hollywood, there is a plan to wear black to the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 18 February and to set up a legal fund. Time’s Up in the US has already raised $20 million since launching on 1 January, and more than 1,000 people have asked for help fighting workplace discrimination, assault and sexual harassment. This week, Women in Film (WIF) Los Angeles announced that it is organising a support group for sexual harassment survivors in the film industry, teaming up with mental health non-profit Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA) for what will be a free resource for women working in entertainment.

Industry Guidelines

One of the key actions put into motion in the wake of Weinstein here in the UK was for a set of industry-wide guidelines to be drawn up to help prevent and confront bullying and harassment. Led by the BFI and BAFTA, WFTV is one of a number of organisations contributing to the guidelines, which are likely to be unveiled before the BAFTAs.

Speaking to trade magazine variety, WFTV CEO Kate Kinninmont said “What’s good now is that everybody is listening… They’re standing back and saying, ‘All right, we need to change our model.’”

Read more via Variety here.