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TALENTED: Simon Cornwell, Emma Broughton, Amina Aweis, Rod Henwood and Nimai Inniss from The Ink Factory production house

FILM LONDON has unveiled plans to help ensure the capital’s screen industries reflect the city itself, and is calling on film, TV and post- production companies to help 150 Londoners from its growing talent pool – many of whom hail from under-represented communities – into paid opportuni- ties throughout 2018.

Dubbed Equal Access, the three-pronged programme will engage with those seeking opportunities; employers looking to widen the pool of talent they recruit from and London-based organisations who are actively engaged with talented individuals from under-represented communities.

Throughout 2017 Film London helped broker paid roles for almost 100 individuals. Work has included outreach initiatives to engage with new entrants and early-career professionals; a scheme for parents returning to work after a career break (in partnership with Creative Skillset) and an initiative offering paid placements with the Ink Factory, the powerhouse production company behind The Night Manager and The Little Drummer Girl.

As well as building its talent pool, Film London’s key aim for the year ahead is to partner with even more London-based film, TV and post-production companies keen to level the playing field and widen their talent pool.

Adrian Wootton OBE, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “London’s screen industries are witnessing a golden moment, and this means there are more opportunities than ever before. Our Equal Access work seeks to capitalise on this boom but also to help sustain it, giving industry access to excellent below-the-line talent who might otherwise find themselves at a remove from the city’s studios, editing suites and post houses.”

Film London’s network of talent continues to grow, and the agency has proven an excellent talent broker thanks to its grass- roots contacts and expert understanding of what the industry needs.

This work forms part of the agency’s response to wide-ranging calls to address the rising demand for skills, as well as tackle the industry’s serious lack of diversity. Wootton added: “We know that different stories, experiences and outlooks enrich the industry and the content we create, and by helping companies cast a wider net when it comes to recruitment we hope to play a part in maintaining our industry’s world-beating success.

“We have talent at our disposal and excellent contacts with training providers and academic institutions, so now we’re calling on even more film, TV and post-production companies to work with us to ensure London’s screen industries reflect the city itself.”

Film London has worked with a range of training providers, charities and community groups across London, including Four Corners, Spiral, Signature Pictures, Creative Sparkworks and the Sara Putt Foundation.

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