The Film and TV Charity has published two documents exploring anti-racism in the film and TV industry.

‘Think Piece on Anti-Racism in the Film and TV Industry’ reports on experiences of racism in the industry and has been written by Sasha Salmon, a senior public policy advisor with expertise in anti-racism and equality. Her work followed an internal review of the charity’s own approach to anti-racism and led to her also commissioning Dr Clive Nwonka and Professor Sarita Malik to write the second piece, ‘Racial Diversity Initiatives in UK Film and TV’ to survey and analyse the major racial diversity initiatives seen in the industry over the last two decades.

Talking about the rationale behind her own piece, Salmon commented: “Racism is deeply entrenched in society and hard to escape. It should be widely accepted that all of us will have racial and social biases and, rather than claim defensively to ‘not be racist’, everyone should be working to honestly understand and dismantle racist structures and behaviours. We should all be seeking to be actively anti-racist. In completing this review, it was clear to me while many in film and TV speak about diversity, few people and leaders have really recognised and internalised what racism looks like in the industry for individuals, and the way that structures enable this. Understanding this and being honest about complicity is a vital step to inform anti racist action. The relationship-based structure of the UK film and TV industry described throughout the review makes it particularly ripe for racism and bias. Given the influence film and TV has on society at large, this has damaging effects. If this industry gets it right, there is a precious opportunity to illuminate and change perceptions around race and help dismantle racism.”