Nottingham University release study on COVID’s impact on mothers working in the industry

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated government lockdowns have been nothing short of a disaster for mothers working in the UK television sector. Being a mother in television has always been accompanied by enormous difficulties related to the nature of the working practices and cultures that have become prevalent in the UK television. The COVID-19 pandemic … Read more

Digital Orchard and BECTU launch Virtual Cinematography Roadshow

Digital Orchard Foundation has partnered with BECTU Camera Branch on a new programme to support talent moving into, and up through the camera department. The Virtual Cinematography Roadshow is designed to welcome those who identify as being from a group which is underrepresented into the film and TV industry. For example, new entrants such as those … Read more

The Film + TV Charity launches new bullying support services for workers in film, TV and cinema

The BFI and BAFTA announced earlier this year the next stage of ground-breaking work to tackle bullying, harassment and racism in the workplace with a new employer Action List for the film and television industry, as The Film and TV Charity launches new services, providing immediate support for workers. The announcement comes as Equality and Human Rights … Read more

Point of View: Sustainability

What needs to happen for the film industry to transition to zero carbon emissions by 2050? “It’s no surprise or secret that the film industry’s environmental footprint is high, and a lot needs to happen quickly to reduce it. Luckily, our conversations with the industry suggest they are up for the challenge. Like the TV … Read more

UK budget: industry reactions

Industry associations including the GBCT, BECTU, the BFI, Directors UK, and ScreenSkills react to the annual budget announcements which included an extension of the COVID insurance scheme from April to the end of December. The £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme guarantees productions are financially supported in the event of losses caused by … Read more

Tim Potter GBCT “Looking Ahead”

LOOKING AHEAD When the Brexit vote came to pass and the world did not fall off a cliff edge, the victors gloated over their vindication. Their hubris was the false assertion that the cliff edge would be an immediate plunge into oblivion. The descent was only ever going to start once the full effect of … Read more

Andy Lowe

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Andy Lowe Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Andy Lowe Fact file Age: 42Born: Bury, ManchesterEducation: Derby High School, Bury / Sheffield Hallam UniversityLives: London Selected Filmography (as gaffer unless otherwise indicated) Cursed (TV Series) (2020)The Crown (TV Series) (2019)The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance … Read more

BSC urges members to “Stay in touch and be supportive” during COVID-19 outbreak

A message from BC President, Mike Eley BSC: Dear Members, These coming weeks and months will be the most challenging our industry has faced in most of our lifetimes. We are used to the ebb and flow of work, the peaks and troughs, but this is something altogether different; the virtual shutdown of our entire … Read more

Screen Craft Rights has collected £4m: Is some of that yours?

Over £4million pounds has been collected from European sources by Screen Craft Rights for the benefit of cinematographers and HODs working on British film and TV productions since it was established as a collecting society in 2011. The total distribution for the year to April 2018 was just under £620,000, more than double the £350,000 … Read more