One of London’s leading universities has launched a £ 1million ($ 1.4million) research project into racial inequalities and diversity in the UK film industry.
University College London, in close collaboration with the British Film Institute, has launched a three-year research study titled “The Color of Diversity: A Longitudinal Analysis of Data on BFI Diversity Norms and Racial Inequalities in the British film industry “.
It has been described as ‘the largest ever study of racial inequalities in the UK film industry’ and will include academic articles, books and films summarizing its themes and key findings. It will also include an international conference as well as seminars, workshops and forums throughout the study period.
Led by Dr Clive Nwonka, New Lecturer in Film Culture and Society at UCL’s Institute for Advanced Studies, and Professor Sarita Malik, Professor of Media, Culture and Communications in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at UCL Brunel University in London, the study “will explore the true nature of the presence, representation and experiences of black and minority ethnic identities within the UK film industry.
It will be funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and aims to explore experiences above and below the line, including those of actors, technicians, creatives, funders and the public.
The study, which will launch this year and report its findings in 2024, will also take into account protected characteristics such as gender, disability and sexual orientation as well as class and how they intersect with racial inequalities. .
The BFI will provide access to its data on diversity standards as part of the study and researchers will engage in a “textual analysis” of films since 2016 that have adhered to these standards.