Stars take a stand

U.K. film in­dus­try prom­ises ac­tion on ha­rass­ment, bul­ly­ing

Kingston Whig-Standard - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — Bri­tain’s film in­dus­try an­nounced a plan Wed­nes­day to tackle bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment, backed by Harry Pot­ter star Emma Wat­son and sev­eral other women in film and TV.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the U.K.’s film academy, the Bri­tish Film In­sti­tute, and unions have united be­hind a set of prin­ci­ples in re­sponse to “ur­gent and sys­temic is­sues.”

They said the goal is “to erad­i­cate bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment and sup­port vic­tims more ef­fec­tively.”

Scores of en­ter­tain­ment fig­ures have been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and abuse since women came for­ward to ac­cuse Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein last year.

The mea­sures in­clude pro­ce­dures for re­port­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing abuse, a com­mit­ment to take “ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion” against bul­lies and abusers, and a con­fi­den­tial sup­port line.

Films will have to sign up to the prin­ci­ples to re­ceive fund­ing from the BFI, which hands out tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to new pro­duc­tions each year.

Wat­son said the prin­ci­ples “are not just about pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­u­als but are also an im­por­tant step in em­brac­ing a greater di­ver­sity of voices” in the in­dus­try.

“Led by the BFI and

BAFTA, the in­dus­try has come to­gether to agree these prin­ci­ples and guid­ance — de­vel­oped by peo­ple who un­der­stand the sub­tleties of the hi­er­ar­chy on a film set and what it’s like to work strange, unso­cia­ble hours,” Wat­son said. “I hope these prin­ci­ples be­come sec­ond na­ture for ev­ery­one. They are not just about pro­tect­ing in­di­vid­u­als but are also an im­por­tant step in em­brac­ing a greater di­ver­sity of voices — and even­tu­ally hav­ing an en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try that ac­tu­ally rep­re­sents the world we live in.”

Other fe­male Bri­tish stars, in­clud­ing Gemma Arter­ton, Doc­tor Who star Jodie Whit­taker, Hu­mans star Gemma Chan and James Bond pro­ducer Bar­bara Broc­coli have also backed the ini­tia­tive.

MICHEL EULER/AP FILES

Bri­tish ac­tress Emma Wat­son poses dur­ing the fash­ion week in Paris, France. Stars in­clud­ing Emma Wat­son and Gemma Arter­ton are back­ing a Bri­tish film in­dus­try plan to tackle bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

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