Half of the UK screen workforce was bullied in 2021, report finds – Deadline

More than half of the UK’s film and TV industry workforce have experienced bullying, harassment or discrimination in the past year, according to alarming statistics from The Film & TV industry. TV Charity (TFTVC) who found the “mental health crisis” was plateauing.

The organization’s second Looking Glass report, which surveyed more than 2,000 people, found that 57% had been the target of such unacceptable behavior in 2021. Split, around 40% said they had been bullied, 39 % racial harassment or discrimination and 11% sexual violence. bullying.

Alex Pumfrey, CEO of TFTVC, described the results to Deadline as “shocking, surprising and disheartening”.

“I was really hoping that behavior would change following the Harvey Weinstein and Noel Clarke incidents, so to see such problematic numbers is very disturbing,” Pumfrey said.

There is, however, a “genuine cross-sector effort to tackle the problem from multiple angles”, added the charity’s boss, highlighting her organisation’s bullying advisory work, updated principles from the BFI and the BAFTA and industry body training ScreenSkills.

“We’re doing a better job of coordinating this work and the impact should be greater than the sum of our parts,” said Pumfrey, whose organization’s Let’s Reset campaign is set to focus on bullying.

Today’s Looking Glass 2021 report found that the proportion of people reporting poor mental health had stabilized over the past two years at 13%, with 39% reporting ‘fair’ mental health, 25% ‘good’ and 23% “very good”.

In 2019, these results were described as indicative of a “mental health crisis” by the UK’s Work Foundation, but Pumfrey hailed a “note of optimism” as they did not worsen, after a difficult two-year period for an industry dealing with months of lockdown and the introduction of strict Covid-19 protocols.

“We’ve heard from people working in the industry that mental health is now part of the conversation in a way that it wasn’t two years ago,” she added, pointing out that mental health in society has “deteriorated as a whole” during the pandemic. .

“Many of our partners have significantly improved their approach, expecting line managers to undergo mental health awareness training and introduce other measures. I don’t think these things address the underlying causes, but I think awareness is a valuable part of the image.

The report comes two days after British directors Rebecca Day and Sarah Mosses shed light on a panel hosted by Deadline on the improvements that have been made in mental health since the start of the pandemic.

No more worries

However, the industry still has cause for concern.

A measly 10% said TV and movies were “mentally healthy” places to work, and nearly a third (31%) had had suicidal thoughts in the past year, up 10 percentage points from above the national average.

Additionally, the number of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people reporting good mental health fell 6% from 2019 and respondents with disabilities fell 4%, bucking the overall flattening trend. .

Three-quarters of people with disabilities said they had considered leaving the industry in the past year, an increase from 2019.

Pumfrey therefore attributed the problem to retention driven by poor conditions and long working hours, with one in six people reporting working weeks longer than 60 hours.

“Everyone is excited to bring new people into the industry, but we need to get our house in order first,” she added. “If you care about available talent and believe in the importance of diversity, you need to focus on the retention issue.”

This issue is particularly difficult given the “dark” side of the UK’s ongoing production boom, Pumfrey added, with labor shortages and labor stretched to the point of breakup.

Recent statistics have shown record spending on high-end film and TV last year and streamers are actively buying up studio space and moving more and more shows to the UK.

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