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BFI and BAFTA Announce New Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Guidelines

Emma Watson is a vocal proponent of the new measures: BFI/YouTube

The British Film Institute (BFI) and BAFTA are joining forces to fight bullying and sexual harassment in the UK film industry. Deadline confirms that the two organizations have put together plans and recommendations to help combat mistreatment. Other orgs and high-profile figures including Emma Watson and “Doctor Who’s” Jodie Whittaker have already lent their support.

The recommendations, officially called the Eight Principles & Guidelines, stress the BFI and BAFTA’s commitment to inclusivity and dignity for all individuals. They stipulate that there will be zero tolerance for bullying, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct.

According to Watson, the Eight Principles & Guidelines have been drafted to specifically address the film industry’s unique workplace culture. They reflect “what it’s like to work strange, unsociable hours,” she detailed. “I hope these principles become second nature for everyone,” The “Beauty and the Beast” star said.
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BAFTA & BFI Set Out Anti-Bullying & Harassment Guidelines With A-List Support

The British film and TV industry has taken its first major steps to stamp out bullying and harassment and has introduced a set of wide-ranging guidelines to help. The plans, established by the British Film Institute (BFI) in association with BAFTA and a number of other organisations, have been supported by high-profile actors including Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton as well as A-list producers including Barbara Broccoli and Alison Owen. The groups are launching a support…
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BAFTA & BFI Set Out Anti-Bullying & Harassment Guidelines With A-List Support

The British film and TV industry has taken its first major steps to stamp out bullying and harassment and has introduced a set of wide-ranging guidelines to help. The plans, established by the British Film Institute (BFI) in association with BAFTA and a number of other organisations, have been supported by high-profile actors including Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton as well as A-list producers including Barbara Broccoli and Alison Owen. The groups are launching a support…
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British Entertainment Industry Issues New Guidelines on Harassment and Bullying

British Entertainment Industry Issues New Guidelines on Harassment and Bullying
British film and TV organizations have called time’s up on harassment in the entertainment business, calling for training programs on abuse and the setup of a 24-hour helpline as part of new industry-wide guidelines issued Wednesday after months of consultation.

Several of the events that prompted the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in the U.S. have a British dimension, with London police investigating allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. More than 20 U.K. industry groups, led by the British Film Institute and BAFTA, have come together to produce a set of guiding principles and industry guidelines on how to tackle harassment and bullying.

Training schemes on dealing with harassment and the 24-hour helpline will be introduced in April. In addition, there are eight core principles that cover employer and employee responsibilities, the first principle being that “everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.” Other tenets
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British Entertainment Industry Issues New Guidelines on Harassment and Bullying

British Entertainment Industry Issues New Guidelines on Harassment and Bullying
British film and TV organizations have called time’s up on harassment in the entertainment business, calling for training programs on abuse and the setup of a 24-hour helpline as part of new industry-wide guidelines issued Wednesday after months of consultation.

Several of the events that prompted the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements in the U.S. have a British dimension, with London police investigating allegations against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. More than 20 U.K. industry groups, led by the British Film Institute and BAFTA, have come together to produce a set of guiding principles and industry guidelines on how to tackle harassment and bullying.

Training schemes on dealing with harassment and the 24-hour helpline will be introduced in April. In addition, there are eight core principles that cover employer and employee responsibilities, the first principle being that “everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining an inclusive workplace.” Other tenets
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'Weinstein was the industry. I was just another actress': shaking up film and TV

The women and men changing their industry

• The MP activists cleaning up Westminster

• Actors, directors and producers changing theatre

• Fighting the supermarkets for equal pay

• Sportspeople pushing for a level playing field

“When I was growing up, a film producer was a rich, fat man with his feet on the table and a cigar in his mouth,” says Rebecca O’Brien, an independent producer and long-time collaborator of director Ken Loach. “And now, you know, that’s me. Apart from rich and fat.”

“That’s me, apart from rich,” quips her friend, Suffragette producer Alison Owen, who worked on five Harvey Weinstein films, including Proof (2005) with Gwyneth Paltrow and, more recently, Tulip Fever. Last year Owen acknowledged her former colleague’s “sleazeball” reputation and spoke out in support of the women who came forward. She is now working towards legislation against harassment in the film and TV industry.

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‘Tulip Fever’ Producer Alison Owen Lifts The Lid On Working With Weinstein

‘Tulip Fever’ Producer Alison Owen Lifts The Lid On Working With Weinstein
Elizabeth and Suffragette producer Alison Owen has lifted the lid on working with Harvey Weinstein — highlighting the problems with challenging the disgraced movie mogul over rumors of his behavior. Former Working Title exec Owen, who worked with Weinstein on five films during his days running Miramax and The Weinstein Company, was speaking on #Me Too: The Debate, a one-off UK panel show for Viacom's Channel 5. "I knew all the rumors and everybody in the [Weinstein…
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International Newswire: ‘Mathilde’ Director to Helm Biopics about Shostakovich, Soviet Rock Star

International Newswire: ‘Mathilde’ Director to Helm Biopics about Shostakovich, Soviet Rock Star
In today’s International Newswire, the director of the controversial Russian film ‘Mathilde’ pushes forward with his follow-up projects, A&E puts more focus on producing local content, and Women and Hollywood celebrates London ‘trailblazers’.

Director Alexey Uchitel, whose sumptuous period melodrama “Mathilde” elicited a hostile response from some religious and nationalist groups in Russia, has spoken about his upcoming projects to international press at the first Fipresci colloquium dedicated to Russian cinema in St. Petersburg. “Mathilde’s” sales company has also disclosed the latest deals on the pic.

Uchitel’s next feature will center on the late Soviet rock-star Viktor Tsoi, he said. He is also developing a project about Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The helmer will no doubt be hoping for a warmer reception for these movies than that which greeted “Mathilde,” which recounts the passionate affair between the future Tsar Nicholas II and the Imperial Ballet star Mathilde Kschessinska.

The film almost
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Women and Hollywood Announces London Trailblazer Awardees & First-Time Female Filmmaker Contest…

Women and Hollywood Announces London Trailblazer Awardees & First-Time Female Filmmaker Contest WinnersTrailblazer Awardee Gurinder Chadha

Women and Hollywood is honored to share the recipients of the Trailblazer Awards, which will be given out during our upcoming 10th Anniversary event in London November 27 at The May Fair Hotel.

The awardees are director Gurinder Chadha (“Viceroy’s House,” “Bend it Like Beckham”), producers Alison Owen (“Harlots,” “Suffragette”) and Elizabeth Karlsen (“Carol,” “Made in Dagenham”), Robert Fox Ltd theater producer Zelda Perkins, BFI London Film Fest director Clare Stewart, and Bechdel Test Fest’s Corrina Antrobus and Simran Hans.

“Women and Hollywood has been highlighting the need for gender equality since before the conversation became mainstream. We are thrilled to be honoring these incredible women, from accomplished producers Alison Owen and Elizabeth Karlsen, to groundbreaking director Gurinder Chadha, to Clare Stewart, the leader of the BFI London Film Festival, as well as next
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Kimberly Peirce Will Direct Underground Abortion Network Drama “This Is Jane”

Peirce: ScreenSlam/YouTube

Amazon’s abortion drama “This Is Jane” has found its director. “Boys Don’t Cry’s” Kimberly Peirce will helm the film about an underground abortion network in Chicago, which went by the name of “Jane,” Deadline writes.

This Is Jane” will tell the story of the network’s founder as well as the network itself, a group of self-taught women who provided abortions in Chicago in the pre-Roe v. Wade years. Jane also provided health education and counseling to its patients.

As previously reported, “This Is Jane” is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.” The film is written by Dan Loflin (“Supernatural”) and is being produced by Peter Heller and John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions.

While the current administration is doing everything it can to strip women of their reproductive rights and access to healthcare, there are several projects in the works about the need for safe, legal abortion — and the lengths women will go to when that need isn’t met. Rachel Carey’s “Ask for Jane,” currently in post-production, is also about Chicago’s Jane Collective, as is the Elisabeth Moss-starrer “Call Jane.” And “Harlots” producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward are developing a film about Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that granted all U.S. women the right to an abortion.

Peirce’s feature directorial debut, “Boys Don’t Cry,” is the true story of Brandon Teena, a young trans man who was murdered in 1993. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit, won the Satyajit Ray Award and the Fipresci Prize at the 1999 London Film Festival, and earned lead actress Hilary Swank her first Oscar. Features “Stop-Loss” and “Carrie” and episodes of “The L Word,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “I Love Dick” are among Peirce’s other credits.

Kimberly Peirce Will Direct Underground Abortion Network Drama “This Is Jane” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Will’ Canceled at TNT After One Season

‘Will’ Canceled at TNT After One Season
TNT has canceled freshman drama “Will” after one season, Variety has confirmed.

The series told the story of William Shakespeare before he became one of the most famous playwrights of all time. It began with Shakespeare’s arrival in the raucous London theater scene of the 16th century. A period drama told in a contemporary style, “Will” starred newcomer Laurie Davidson alongside Olivia DeJonge (“The Visit,” “Hiding”), Colm Meaney (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Hell on Wheels”), Mattias Inwood (“The Shanara Chronicles”), Jamie Campbell Bower (“Sweeney Todd,” “The Twilight Saga”) and Ewen Bremner (“Transporting,” “Snowpiercer”). Craig Pearce (“The Great Gatsby”), “Shekhar Kapur” (Elizabeth), Alison Owen (“Elizabeth”), Debra Hayward (“Love Actually”), Vince Gerardis (“Jumper”), Howard Braunstein (“The Informant!”) and Louise Rosager served as executive producers.

The series debuted in July and aired its first season finale on Monday night. It never found a substantial audience, opening to a low 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 633,000 viewers on July 10, according
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Harvey Weinstein On The Challenge Of Growing ‘Tulip Fever’

Harvey Weinstein On The Challenge Of Growing ‘Tulip Fever’
Editor’s Note: Harvey Weinstein is an occasional contributor to Deadline when he has something on his mind. A number of years ago I fell in love with a book called Tulip Fever. The rights were controlled by a brilliant producer, Alison Owen. Written by Deborah Moggach, I felt the book had all the makings of a crime fiction Shakespeare In Love — funny, witty, and ironic, but with a great James M. Cain plot twist. It was a true noir that just happened to take place in 1634…
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Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Moved Back to Quiet Labor Day Weekend

Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tulip Fever’ Moved Back to Quiet Labor Day Weekend
The Weinstein Company has set a nationwide release date of Sept. 1 for its period drama “Tulip Fever,” starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench.

TWC shifted the release Wednesday back a week from Aug. 25 to the Labor Day weekend, when it will be the only film opening in wide release. The original release date was scheduled for July 15, 2016.

Two other films are scheduled for limited releases on Sept. 1 — Patelion’s Spanish-language comedy “Hazlo Como Hombre” and Freestyle Releasing’s family drama “A Boy Called Po.”

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Tulip Fever” is directed by Justin Chadwick from a script by Tom Stoppard, based on Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name. Producers are Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein.

Holliday Grainger, Jack O’Connell, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Morrison, Tom Hollander, and Cara Delevingne also star in the drama.

The story is set in 17th century Amsterdam, with
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Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel

Anna Paquin in the upcoming miniseries “Alias Grace”: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Oscar winner Anna Paquin is switching from one period project to another. The “True Blood” star, who will next be seen in Sarah Polley’s “Alias Grace” miniseries on Netflix, has signed on to star in “Tell it to the Bees” alongside Holliday Grainger (“My Cousin Rachel”), Deadline reports. “D.O.A.” director Annabel Jankel will helm the project, an adaptation of Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

Paquin will portray Dr. Jean Markham, a woman who returns home to run her late father’s medical practice. “When a school-yard scuffle lands young Charlie (newcomer Gregor Selkirk) in her office, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and to tell his secrets to the bees as she once did,” Deadline summarizes. “The friendship between the boy and the doctor brings his mother Lydia (Grainger) into Jean’s world. The women find themselves drawn to one another in a way that Jean recognizes and fears, and which Lydia could never have expected. But in 1950s small-town Britain, the secret won’t stay hidden forever.”

“Tell it to the Bees” will co-star Kate Dickie (Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge”), Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”), Emun Elliott (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), and Steven Robertson (“T2: Trainspotting”).

Principal photography has already kicked off in Scotland.

Sisters and collaborators Henrietta Ashworth and Jessica Ashworth (“Dixi,” “Fresh Meat”) wrote the screenplay for “Tell it to the Bees,” which Jankel describes as “an unholy mash-up of 1950s social and magical realism.”

Jankel is producing the project alongside Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, and Nik Bower. Alison Owen, Lizzie Francke, Sunny Vohra, Deepak Nayar, and Ben Roberts serve as EPs.

Paquin’s recent projects include “Bellevue,” the Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell-created CBC crime drama centered around the disappearance of a transgender teen. Besides “Alias Grace,” you can catch her next in “The Parting Glass,” a drama following a grieving family as they travel to collect their late sister’s belongings.

Grainger appears next in the Alicia Vikander-led romance “Tulip Fever,” out August 25.

Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger to Star in Period Romance from Annabel Jankel was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Anna Paquin boards UK lesbian romance 'Tell It To The Bees'

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Anna Paquin boards UK lesbian romance 'Tell It To The Bees'
Filming is underway in Scotland on BFI, Creative Scotland backed project.

Anna Paquin has boarded Tell It To The Bees, the BFI and Creative Scotland backed period romance which is now shooting on location in Scotland.

As previously announced, Holliday Grainger will also star in the project and Film Constellation will handle sales.

Also joining the cast is Kate Dickie, Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle and newcomer Gregor Selkirk.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have written the screenplay, which is adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name, and Annabel Jankel is directing.

The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, played by Paquin.

Producers are Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, Annabel Jankel, Nik Bower. Executive Producers are Deepak Nayar, Alison Owen, the BFI
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“Harlots” Renewed for Second Season

Harlots”: Hulu

Hulu has renewed “Harlots” for a second season, Variety reports. The series, which is set in an 18th-century London brothel, is set to return to the network in 2018.

Harlots” centers around brothel owner Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) and her daughters Charlotte (Jessica Brown Findlay, “Downton Abbey”) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth, “The Frankenstein Chronicles”). The first season of the show saw Margaret’s livelihood — and that of her two daughters’ — put in jeopardy by the machinations of a rival madam (Lesley Manville, “Maleficent”), as she struggled to fulfill her ambition of serving a better class of patron.

Very much a woman-driven production, “Harlots” is the brainchild of Moira Buffini (“Jane Eyre”) and actress Alison Newman (“EastEnders”), who also executive produce the show along with Alison Owen (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Debra Hayward (“Atonement”), and star Manville. The show’s first season was written, directed, and produced exclusively by women.

“It was very important to us from the beginning to make it about the female gaze,” Owen has said. “We were determined to make something different. Our hope from the beginning was, ‘Everything from the whore’s eye view.’”

Harlots” Renewed for Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Harlots’ Renewed by Hulu for Season 2

‘Harlots’ Renewed by Hulu for Season 2
Hulu has renewed “Harlots” for a second season.

A drama series about rival prostitution houses in 18th-century London, “Harlots” stars Samantha Morton as madam Margaret Wells. The series is executive produced by Moira Buffini, Debra Hayward, and Alison Owen. Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay.

Season two is set to premiere in 2018.

In her review of season one for Variety, Sonia Saraiya wrote, “Stories about sex work are surrounded by potential pitfalls. There’s the risk of sexualizing the characters to the point of caricatured exploitation; conversely, there’s the risk of making every sex worker’s story a tragedy that ends in misery. There is the risk of making a narrative sex work into an unrealistic parable of feminism, just as there is also the risk of cutting the women’s perspectives entirely out of the story. “Harlots” admirably avoids all of these pitfalls, using the distance of the historical era (the show is set in the
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Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)

Tom Hardy to Star in Bosnian War Movie ‘My War Gone By, I Miss It So’ (Exclusive)
Tom Hardy will produce and star in the Bosnian War movie “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, an English journalist and war correspondent. Gavin O’Connor is attached to direct and produce, along with Scott Lastaiti, who launched Palantir Group as an entertainment fund last year.

“My War Gone By, I Miss It So” is Lloyd’s personal account of the Bosnian War, and alternates between his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction.

“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war,” Hardy said. “I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important
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Holliday Grainger boards 'Tell It To The Bees' with Film Constellation

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Holliday Grainger boards 'Tell It To The Bees' with Film Constellation
Exclusive: Alison Owen to exec produce period romance.

Holliday Grainger (Jane Eyre) will star in Tell It To The Bees, director Annabel Jankel’s period romance which has Alison Owen onboard as executive producer.

The project has been developed by the BFI with National Lottery funding. Producers are Daisy Allsop and Nick Hill along with Film i Vast and Filmgate Films.

Film Constellation has boarded sales on the project and is introducing to buyers in Cannes.

Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth have written the screenplay, their feature debut, which is adapted from Fiona Shaw’s 2009 novel of the same name.

The story chronicles a lesbian romance in 1950s Britain between a single mother who is dealing with the breakdown of her marriage, played by Grainger, and a doctor, returning to her small hometown to take over her late-father’s practice, a role which is still being cast.
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Post-Brexit, U.K. Seeks New Film Partners

Britain’s impending breakup with the European Union will be a challenge for the country’s film folk, but many of their most important relationships are with American partners, and friendships are being formed in other parts of the world.

Recently, a large number of British auteurs have shot movies, based on their own scripts, in the U.S., such as Andrew Haigh with “Lean on Pete” and Lynne Ramsay with “You Were Never Really Here,” both of which received funding from the British Film Institute and Film4, the movie arm of broadcaster Channel 4.

“There is clearly a creative canvas [in America] that British filmmakers are drawn to, and the U.S. is incredibly open to that sort of collaboration,” says Isabel Davis, BFI’s head of international. “They recognize talent working at that level, and want to be a part of it, and are able to bring various types of financing into the picture.
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