Representation Matters

Screen South’s Chair of the Board Anthony Alleyne sets out New Vision for Fostering Inclusivity in the Film and Media Industry

Representation matters.

The significance of diversity and inclusivity in the film and television industries cannot be underestimated as it has a profound, wider influence, in challenging stereotypes, developing empathy, and cultivating a more inclusive, efficient and tolerant society.

On-screen representation of individuals from marginalised communities affirms their experiences, empowering these groups to feel acknowledged and valued.

By further exploring stories from those that have been historically underrepresented or misrepresented in the industry, such as, individuals with disabilities, people of colour, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals, leads us to a more vibrant and dynamic artistic landscape.

Screen South has long maintained a strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity and will ensure that we continue to prioritise access, promotion, and skills development, supporting them at the highest possible level.

We will continue to work in collaboration with partners across various digital and creative projects in arts, heritage, and on-screen endeavours. Our goal is to bring hidden stories, talent, and ideas to the public gaze by nurturing relationships with individuals and organisations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

As an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), we are grateful for the funding provided by taxpayers, which plays a significant role in supporting our work. This in turn allows us to reflect the diverse communities we serve through our activity.

We will continue to seek out partnerships with organisations and stakeholders who share our commitment. By collaborating with community organisations, educational institutions, and industry professionals, we can amplify diverse voices and perspectives.

These partnerships will allow us to develop further initiatives that address specific needs and challenges faced by underrepresented groups, ensuring that our work remains impactful.

Screen South has always been deeply committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the screen industries and a SMART focus will allow us to further prioritise access, promotion, and skills development, reflecting our dedication to creating a more inclusive and equitable industry.

As the newly appointed Chair of Screen South, I am proud to continue overseeing our incredible work, which leads to a more representative and equitable landscape.

In order for the effect of our activity to be tangible, we have committed to implementing a SMART approach to achieve our goals as follows:

I. Specific Goals:

We have set specific goals to address the under-representation of marginalised groups in the industry. Our SMART targets include increasing the representation of underrepresented groups in leadership positions and on-screen talent. We have aimed to reflect the communities we serve in terms of governance, leadership, employees, participants, audiences, and the work we produce.

II. Measurable Progress:

To ensure accountability and track our progress, we have established measurable criteria. We collect data on representation, such as the number of individuals from under-represented groups in leadership positions and the diversity of on-screen and showcased talent. We also gather feedback from audiences and participants to assess the impact of our initiatives on fostering inclusivity.

III. Achievable Strategies:

Screen South is implementing achievable strategies to promote diversity and inclusivity. We have and will partner with more, diverse talent agencies to identify and support emerging talent from underrepresented backgrounds. We provide mentorship programs and training opportunities to help individuals develop their skills and navigate the industry. Inclusive hiring practices and creating safe and inclusive working environments are also being prioritised.

IV. Relevant Partnerships:

Building partnerships with organisations and stakeholders committed to diversity and inclusivity is crucial. We will deepen our collaboration with community organisations, educational institutions, and industry professionals to amplify diverse voices and perspectives. This approach will allow us to develop more targeted initiatives which address the specific needs and challenges faced by underrepresented groups.

V. Time-bound Action Plan:

To ensure continuing to meet our diversity and inclusivity goals, we are developing a time-bound action plan. This plan will outline specific initiatives, set deadlines, and an allocation of resources to achieve our desired outcomes. Regular reviews and evaluations will allow us to assess the effectiveness of our initiatives and make informed decisions for future programming.