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Set Access: a UK Film Talent Development Programme from Creative Access and Guy Ritchie

Creative Access are pleased to announce Set Access – a programme dedicated to promoting a more inclusive workforce in the British film industry, in collaboration with Guy Ritchie.

In a year that has already been shaped by seismic change, recent weeks have introduced a long-overdue challenge to the status quo of our creative industries. The most recent available figures show that the BAME representation in the film industry stands at just 3%. The population context is even more dramatic – around 70% of the UK film industry is concentrated in and around London where close to 40% of the population comes from a BAME background.

There are two elements to Set Access:

  1. A rolling programme of paid internships on UK film productions funded by the companies participating to create a talent pool, spanning a breadth of roles, of at least 250 candidates from under-represented people for the UK film industry over a five-year period. Candidates will be supported alongside their workplace training through a programme of mentoring, peer support and masterclass opportunities. Initially the training opportunities will be open to young black candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.
    • When production commences, these internships will be advertised on the Creative Access Opportunities page here
  1. A Development Programme for emerging talent consisting of mentoring, training to become an emerging leader and monthly masterclasses. This will ensure that those who don’t fit the creative industries norm get equal access to training, pay rises and promotions in order to reach senior levels within the industry. This will be a rolling programme open to any individual from a background currently under-represented in the UK film industry.
    • To apply to be a mentor, please register here
    • Applicants for mentees are currently closed, but when the next cohort opens up, it will be advertised on the Creative Access Opportunities page here

To launch this initiative, Guy Ritchie has funded the first year’s Development Programme and committed to hiring 10 paid interns on the production team of his next film and each one thereafter. Guy will also approach other film-makers to join him as mentors and to provide internships. The first director to come on board is Matthew Vaughn who has committed to 10 paid internships on his next film and beyond and he is also contributing to the funding of the first Development Programme.

Josie Dobrin, Chief Executive and co-founder of Creative Access said:

Creative Access is a community based on the shared values of equity and creativity. Our mission is to help under-represented communities, not just enter the creative industries but to thrive when they get in, because only then will the industry truly reflect and engage broader society. Our community has been disproportionately affected by events in recent months and we know that more than anything the one thing needed now is access, which is why we are so thrilled to be working with Guy on both elements of the project.”

“We are grateful for Guy and Matthew’s generosity in financing the Development Programme and for providing so many tangible opportunities for talent from under-represented communities in the film industry.”

Guy Ritchie said:

“Young black people from disadvantaged backgrounds are too often at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to career opportunities, especially those in creative industries often perceived as ‘closed’.

He continues: We have a very modest initial goal of placing 50 young black trainees in productions as soon as the current situation allows. With the help, support and guidance of others in the industry we hope that our pilot scheme will grow quickly and our aim is to dramatically increase those numbers and then, as soon as we can, open up the on-set training opportunities to young people from all disadvantaged and under-represented communities – irrespective of the colour of their skin. Between us we should be looking to build a supportive community for our trainees where they can graduate across our productions, gaining a wealth of hands-on experience, taking on more responsibility as they grow and eventually become employed gainfully in our industry. Matthew was the first person I approached, and he agreed immediately to be part of the programme. We look forward to more filmmakers joining us both as backers and mentors.

Matthew Vaughn said:

“Of course I had to say yes when Guy called. Real change is not only about enabling candidates to get a foot through the door but ensuring that they will thrive once they do so. We want to see candidates from a diversity of backgrounds flourish and gain senior roles, in turn offering their insight when bringing in new talent. It is from here we can enable enduring representation in the creative industries.”