Stars take a stand
U.K. film industry promises action on harassment, bullying
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.
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.