Today at the Adelaide Film Festival our sister organisation in Australia unveiled their new report – Honey I Hid the Kids! – exploring the experiences of parents and carers in the Australian Screen Industry.
Their findings are so similar to those from our Making It Possible: Voices of Parents & Carers in the UK Film & TV Industry survey with both finding ‘long hours’ were the primary challenge for working parents and carers and ‘flexible/part time/job shares’ were a popular solution.
Both reports yielded similar responses to the negative impact of caring with the UK presenting slightly higher at 79% in comparison to Australia at 74%. Broadly the working conditions, issues and solutions were similar between both reports.
What is especially concerning in the Australian report is that many women reported the elaborate lengths they go to in order to hide their caring status at work and keep their children “out of the picture”.
Please download, read and share Raising Films Australia’s Honey, I Hid The Kids report (PDF)
We rally behind our colleagues down under in lobbying for screen industries that are invested in transparent and equitable work-care relations, that value all carers and that are directed to long-term sustainability based on a better work-life balance. And we couldn’t agree more with this quote from one of the respondents…
You can find Raising Films Australia online and join in the conversation using #HoneyIHidTheKids and #raisingfilmsau through Women in Film & TV Australia on Facebook and via @wiftaus on Twitter and Instagram.
The survey is a collaboration between Women in Film & Television NSW and University of Technology, Sydney with funding support from Create NSW.