In early March we released our latest piece of research – BACK FROM THE BRINK, a scoping study (supported by the BFI using funds from the National Lottery) addressing the impacts of COVID-19 reported by parents and carers working in the UK screen sector.
“This is a fascinating, if concerning, paper. It is so timely and makes a compelling case for a larger study that could build on its recommendations about what good things we can take from this time (flexible working patterns, accessible platforms) as well as how to avoid women and carers bearing the brunt of the ongoing consequences of this pandemic.” Melanie Hoyes, Industry Inclusion Executive, BFI
There was consensus from respondents to our scoping study that the asymmetrical impact of COVID-19 must provide an impetus to reflect on and change exclusionary working practices, based on the experience and knowledge gained during this difficult period.
Our respondents identified that their caring responsibilities, skills and experiences ideally positioned them to lead on change towards safe, inclusive, sustainable work environments.
“Look at how brilliantly the film industry has adopted COVID protocols, and how quick we have been to pivoting to a new way of working. If we can do that, then making small adjustments or considerations for new mothers on set is simple.” Laura Scrivano, From an article on Shots.net
Even before the pandemic, workers with caring responsibilities were experienced in self-managing remote and home-based working, all forms of flexible working, collaboration, and pushing for sustainable working methods not based in long hours culture and/or presenteeism.
Raising Films asks the UK screen sector to recognise the long-term viability of these modes of work. Taking these now tried-and-tested practices forward, in consultation with those who need them most, would be a key move towards recognising caregiving within employment policies and practices, to the benefit of all.