Like everyone, we have been shocked by recent events in the US. It is crucial at this time, and at all times, to speak out and offer support in the face of injustice, racism and oppression. We at Directors UK will continue to fight for equality, whilst always seeking to improve ourselves as an organisation.
Creating an equal, open industry free of prejudice is a priority for us. Our own studies have exposed the shocking inequality that exists behind the camera, and ever since their publication, this data has been used by us and others to challenge broadcasters and production companies. As production restarts across the country, a properly inclusive, accessible return to work has been one of our key demands. Meanwhile, our dedicated Access and Inclusion Committee continues to work on a means of improving hiring practices so that they are free of bias.
But this alone is not enough. We must make sure that we practice what we preach as an organisation, and we are constantly reviewing our own structures to make sure that they are also properly representative. A few weeks ago, we put a call-out for Black, Asian and minority ethnic members to express interest in being co-opted onto our board, and we’re still welcoming enquiries ahead of the deadline next week.
Action against racism must not end once these events slip from the headlines — but there are some useful things that you can do right now. You can visit this page for opportunities to donate to protest efforts, legal funds and helpful organisations. Meanwhile, in the UK, you can also support the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. Alongside this, IntoFilm has created a Black Lives Matter educational hub to explore and share.
Directors UK stands in solidarity with the Black community, our colleagues, our friends and members. Black lives matter.