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Our Work2020-06-10T10:58:48+01:00

Our Work

Women continue to struggle for representation across the film industry globally. One social barrier particularly affects women, although it applies to everyone: Family vs. Film.

At Raising Films we believe conversations make change happen, and we want things to change. We are losing too much talent to the choice many filmmakers are forced to make, between being a parent and making films. We don’t believe this choice is necessary, but rather a product of social and economic conditions, and we want to start a conversation about how change can be made for filmmakers who want to have a family and continue their careers.

This is about development, sustainability and diversity. Raising Films aims to address one of the issues that prevents many female filmmakers from pursuing their careers, to enable filmmakers with families to keep working and feel supported during demanding times in their personal lives, and to challenge at a structural level the demands the film industry makes of all of us.

Raising Films aims to provide information, education and solutions and our work focuses on:

  • Enabling financial assistance for child and elder care.
  • Encouraging industry-wide adoption of flexible working and access to child and/or elder care.
  • Formalising a way to combat discrimination.
  • Normalising conversations around caring commitments with employers.

We put these ambitions into action by working with industry partners and the film and television community and lobby to to ensure these and other solutions are enacted.

Visual response to Raising Our Futures

July, 2020|

Raising Films commissioned Alex J Gardner, an artist and designer, to illustrate the responses to our Raising Our Futures initiative. Alex's gorgeous, powerful and we hope inspiring, linocut response is [...]

Robert Softley Gale on adaptability

July, 2020|

For our fourth provocation Robert Softley Gale, Artistic Director, Birds of Paradise Theatre Company shares his thoughts on adaptability across working life and parenting life. Over to Robert... A few weeks ago my twin boys [...]

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Research, Reports, Recommendations

2020-06-04T11:55:44+01:00

Making It Possible

The first nationwide look into the impact of caring on career development across the industry.

Our MAKING IT POSSIBLE Research & Findings

78%

Respondents were 78% female and 21% male, and the survey observed that women tended to carry more of the burden as carers.

79%

79% of parents and carers told us that their caring labour had a negative impact on their work in the UK film and television industries.

63%

63% of respondents work freelance or are self-employed, and financial uncertainty is a major concern.