British Film Institute Tells Filmmakers to Tick New Diversity Targets or Miss Funding

Hannah Furness, Telegraph (London), July 7, 2014

Movie companies have been told they must meet new targets for ethnic minority, gay and female characters on screen to be eligible for future funding from the British Film Institute.

The BFI, Britain’s largest public film fund, announced a “Three Ticks” scheme to ensure diversity in films and behind the scenes as it set out new rules for funding.

Under the system, to be implemented in September, films must “tick” at least two of three criteria: on-screen diversity; off-screen diversity and “creating opportunities and social mobility”.

The BFI, which allocates lottery funding and invests more than £27 million in film production, sales and distribution, supports about 30 new projects a year. It backed The King’s Speech and Philomena.

The new rules will compel filmmakers to place “diverse” actors and subjects at the forefront of their projects, as well as ensuring minority workers are represented on set and in the crew.

On screen, at least one lead character must be “positively reflecting diversity”, with the story more likely to receive funding if it “explicitly and predominantly explores issues of identity relating to ethnicity or national origins, a specific focus on women, people with disabilities, sexual identity, age and people from a socially disadvantaged background”.

Among the films the BFI has praised for content include Suffragette, the story of the battle for women to gain the vote, and Pride, about gay activists supporting the miners’ strike. It will ask filmmakers to ensure that at least 30 per cent of supporting and non-speaking characters are also “diverse”.

Off-screen, at least two heads of department must be from diverse backgrounds, as well as a range of “key creatives” including the director, screenwriter, composer and cinematographer.

The third category requires companies to offer paid internships and jobs to “new entrants from diverse backgrounds” and to help them progress.

“Three Ticks” is likely to raise fears about compromising scripts’ authenticity, with period dramas less likely to naturally represent “diverse backgrounds”.

A spokesman for the BFI insisted all films would have the opportunity to meet the criteria, with even those not fulfilling them onscreen able to “tick” the other two sections.

Ed Vaizey, the culture minister, praised the initiative as helping to “raise the bar”, adding that he would like to see all television, film and performing arts companies following the BFI’s example.

Amanda Nevill, the CEO of the BFI, said it was “vital” to reflect British society in order to stay relevant and said the announcement “is just the beginning”.

Last month, the BBC announced it would ensure one in seven actors and presenters will be either black, Asian or ethnic minority in the next three years.

At the time, critics including Philip Davies, the Conservative MP, called it “absolutely ridiculous” political correctness, saying that all recruitment “should be done on ability”.

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  • JackKrak

    Hollywood doesn’t need to be told – they’re happy to give us a never ending parade of wise black judges, tough-as-nails female Presidents, humble, hardworking Mexicans and a thousand other tropes shoe-horned into every story without being forced to.

    • IstvanIN

      Don’t forget all the White, male bad guys!

      • Mary

        Yep, the crooks as well as the buffoons are always White males.

      • David Ashton

        With English accents, sad to say.

        • IstvanIN

          Generally the English accents are the SUPER villains. If only we had some super villains.

          • Mary

            The posh, high-level villains have English accents. The dopey, bumpkinish, or raving racist ones all have Southern US accents!

        • Lagerstrom

          Don’t forget your evil werkin’ class psycho.

        • watling

          … such as Robert Shaw’s character in the original version of “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3”. There was absolutely no need for the chief bad guy to be English.

          • David Ashton

            What used to amuse me were the wartime movies in which the “nazi” actors looked so unlike the handsome Nordic supermen of contemporary legend, but postwar we had Kurt Jurgens and Anton Diffring barking orders to “zere” own soldiers in English with German accents.

          • Lagerstrom

            I wonder if black actors realize they’re in films just for the sake of diversity?

            That will be the next issue to be resolved.

    • JackKrak

      I forgot black and brown high school students who look rough but are actually poets and philosophers once you get to know them…….

      • IstvanIN

        Look rough, smell bad, can’t read, write or speak and have not an ounce of civilization about them, yup, poets. You got it!

      • Fathercoughlin

        And respond to beautiful blonde white women who…wait for it…BELIEVE IN THEM!! Dreams…education…racism…

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    According to the plutocratic elites, we must become multicultural even if it destroys our entertainment industry. We must become multicultural even if it destroys our standard of living, wages and environment. We must become multicultural even if it kills us. There is no reasoning with murderous fanatics like this. The only thing they understand is the language of brute force.

    • Oil Can Harry

      If David Cameron were a real conservative he’d cut all public funding for the BFI.

      • WR_the_realist

        The Conservative Party has no conservatives. Just like the Republican Party in the U.S.

    • The Final Solution

      It will destroy these industries no doubt. Independent film is almost exclusively a white thing. At some point even the liberals will scoff at the absurdity of non-whites playing lead roles completely out of context in period films. Revenues will tank, and it won’t be non-whites who come flooding in to the theaters to offset the costs. I’m so sick of all these blacks and browns in preposterous roles. These days they are always in the “brilliant scientist” role.

    • Rhialto

      My edit:
      According to the plutocratic elites, we must become multicultural because it destroys our entertainment industry. We must become multicultural because it destroys our standard of living, wages and environment. We must become multicultural because it kills us. There is no reasoning with murderous fanatics like this. The only thing they understand is the language of brute force.

  • Rhialto

    The England of Orwell’s novel, “1984” is becoming more and more Utopian.

    • propagandaoftruth

      OK, this fat negro is going to be Winston Churchill, and this transgendered Pakistani love boy is going to be Guinevere…

      Robin Hood? We need a mixed aboriginal. Call Australia. Or a gypsy, plenty of them around.

      • David Ashton

        A microcosm: my little town has a local theater with a nationwide reputation. To get a lottery grant, it had to become disability friendly, so the stage was lowered to floor level so that a future Hamlet could be pushed on easily in his wheelchair. This in turn required rebuilding the auditorium so that the seats went upwards at a different scale in tighter rows, so that if you weren’t disabled when you went in, you could well be disabled when you came out. The cream of the jest was to put little Braille signs for Men & Women on the lavatory doors, so that instead of the optically challenged being humiliated by being helped by other people, they now had the opportunity of feeling all over the walls until their fingers happened eventually to touch the right nodules.

        • propagandaoftruth

          It kind of reminds me of an…Orwellian/Huxleyan/Cromwellian-Puritan style stealth societal coup. Throw some Monty Python in there to appreciate the level of absurdity. But instead of fun hating, closed minded, hard working a-hole predestinarian Puritans, we have something much worse…

          Messianic democratic totalitarians of the libleft.

          You guys need a restoration. The irony of that “V” movie is that the bad guys in Brittania are the “good guys”.

          Maybe some nutso Muslim will blow up parliament, eh?

          • David Ashton

            A Chinese Shylock, a White Othello, a Male Juliet, an Arab Lear with three daughters of different races, a crippled Ariel, a Welsh Macbeth, why not?

          • propagandaoftruth

            Ha ha! Throw in a tard and we got a PC cabaret! Oops. Did I say tard?

          • JDInSanD

            Or you can just watch Harry Potter. In virtually every scene where the kids are gathered together there’s a token black, a token Asian and, not one, but two Indians standing around – attending a wizarding school in England! Harry, if memory serves, is linked to the asian girl and later he and Ron ask the Indian girls to a dance. The evil kid and his dad are blonde.

          • David Ashton

            The black guy and the white chick, and the token (though necessarily a bit camp) gay, are routine insertions in all sorts of TV programs already in the “former Britoslavia”.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          Mr Ashton, have you ever gone to a drive-through ATM and noticed the Braille characters on the keypad?

          • David Ashton

            No, but that makes more sense unless the only person in the car is blind.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Wish I could have given you 2 thumbs-up for that!

      • Cobbett

        It’s already happening – A black Henry V, among other historical figures.

        • watling

          But Othello must always be played by a black actor, otherwise the director gets arrested for thoughtcrime.

          • Cobbett

            I’ve got the 1965 version with a ‘blacked up’ Olivier…although most Moors were Arabs/Berbers – not Negroes.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “On screen, at least one lead character must be “positively reflecting diversity”

    Get ready for black and Paki Knights of the Round Table.

    • David Ashton

      They’ve already had a colored Guinevere (despite the name) so it won’t be long.

      One of Robin’s Merry Men was a black man, I think Friar Tuck (if I have the initial letters round the right way) so a bit if transvestism was an added accident.

      We had a black actor for one of Shakespeare’s English Kings, I forget which.

      Getting there….

      • propagandaoftruth

        I can’t bear to watch BBC anymore.

        Whatever happened to Reginald Perrin? Sigh…

        • iberianpride

          That was quite a good show, so was ‘Rising Damp’ which also starred Leonard Rossiter.

          • propagandaoftruth

            Watched it as a kid over here with my “mum” on the local PBS affiliate, which also aired Benny Hill episodes on which could be seen bare female breasts from time to time, a big draw for a 13 year old boy, lol…

            Avoided watching that last one with the mums…

    • WR_the_realist

      Hollywood already made a Robin Hood movie with the obligatory black Muslim good guy.

      • propagandaoftruth

        They shoulda used Gypsies. They steal from people and give to the poor – themselves. Now they steal from the rich nanny state too.

        • David Ashton

          Leni Riefenstahl “used Gypsies” for a movie, and was never forgiven for that either.

      • watling

        The bad guys were all white though.

  • IstvanIN

    Actually there should be no public funding of movies, other than perhaps drivers education or shop class safety films. Commercial movie makers should make movies that are popular and salable or fail, all on their own. Government is involved in too much.

    • WR_the_realist

      Of course here in the U.S. the 100% commercial film industry makes exactly the sort of movies the British Film Institute wants to force British movie makers to make.

      • IstvanIN

        Hopefully my tax dollars are not going to Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox or Paramount.

      • David Ashton

        One of the tricks is ownership of outlets – it is hardly a free market. Watch out for the forthcoming Hollyweird blockbusters, “Escape from Vorkuta”, “Ian Smith, Hero of our Time” and “The Demon Rabbi and the Vampires of Israel”. Don’t forget your popcorn at $600 a bag.

        • WR_the_realist

          You are correct. I can think of a fairly recent (historically speaking) incident involving the U.S. Navy that would, if honestly depicted, make a great Hollywood drama. It has a military confrontation, treachery, honesty, bravery, and survival against terrible odds. As a movie it would be a blockbuster. But it will never be made, and, if made, would never be distributed.

          I am of course thinking about the attack on the U.S.S. Liberty.

  • Lewis33

    “Off-screen, at least two heads of department must be from diverse backgrounds, as well as a range of “key creatives” including the director, screenwriter, composer and cinematographer.”

    Here comes a huge round of undeserved promotions! I can’t imagine it would effect the quality of the end product…do you?

    • IstvanIN

      Does the head of housekeeping and the head wash room attendant count?

  • Mary

    I’m sure looking forward to those British period dramas chock-full of woefully miscast ethnic minorities. I’m sure it will do wonders for suspension of disbelief.
    I guess it’s not enough for these people that the ethnic British are demographically slipping away due to traitorous government policy; they have to promote and force minorities into every conceivable sphere of society. And there is nothing more irksome than contrived diversity.

  • David Ashton

    And no more unedited BFI showings of Lean’s “OIiver Twist”, Riefenstahl’s “Olympia”, Rand’s “Fountainhead”, or the cartoon classics by the evil racist Walt Disney.

    • newscomments70

      I’ve seen unedited versions of Riefenstahl’s films. In FRG Germany, this has always been illegal. Any nazi films and books must be edited, if not completely banned. They cut out many sections and have the obligatory “This is very evil” commentary. West Germany even banned neutral, non-racial, non-political films made during the nazi regime. Curiously, East German television showed flims made by the UFA studios during the nazi regime. Western European film fanatics would congregate near the East German border to receive the televison transmissions…an ironic situation.

  • Pax Romana

    You never see or hear of the same diversity multi-cultists looking to integrate anything that is too black. But Imaging the screaming outrage from these same Liberals if someone made a movie or Play starring a White man in the role of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Shaka Zulu, ect, ect. Of course that would never happen and no white actor would want such a part, because they know it would look ridiculous. But there is no shortage of white Liberals and black actors more than willing to replace white historical figures with black faces, along with white Liberal Critics ready to shower such portrayals with over the top glowing adjectives. To see what this looks like check out the images below:

    • Pax Romana

      ….

      • 4321realist

        Hahahahaha!

        Hillarious.

      • RileyDeWiley

        The Finnish war hero Mannerheim was cast as a Kenyan.

        I am still waiting to see Robert Redford star as Martin Luther King. Not holding my breath, though.

        • Fathercoughlin

          I wanna see Gilbert Gottfried as King.

          • Kenner

            I second that.

  • Dave West

    Robin Hood II starring 50 Cent as Robin Hood!

  • 4321realist

    “British Film Institute Tells Filmmakers to Tick New Diversity Targets or Miss Funding”

    Oh yes.

    Going along with their grand, brilliant scheme to integrate everybody into one big consumer and tax pool to continue to enrich themselves is mandatory.

    You see they’re convinced that their rainbow utopia will come about if everybody adheres to their brainless plan. You know like believing diversity is strength and not liking it is evil and hateful.

    Part of their conditioning process is to include more non-whites in movies, along with their other propaganda and that all of it together will have their beautiful rainbow utopia humming with songs and universal brotherhood and nobody will notice that there’s a difference in the races……… or they won’t care.

    Not a bit childish is it?

    That the same hare-brained scheme they’re attempting has exploded into bloody warfare throughout history is ignored, because they feel as if nobody as brilliant as they are have really went about it the right way.

    I wonder what they’ll do when ISIS equips jihadists in their area to carry out attacks and riles their home-grown fanatics into doing the same?

  • WR_the_realist

    The British government hates its indigenous citizens.

  • Hallie Eva

    The prequel series to PBS series, Inspector Morse, “Endeavour,” has the young Morse making it with a black neighbor woman.
    Downton Abbey lost me when they cast a black male slated to be a lover for one of the titled ladies, revealed one of their under-butlers as an in your face homosexual.
    I am done done done with PBS/BBC.
    The irony of all this is that no Middle Eastern looking actor is allowed to play a Muslim terrorist. Terrorist baddies must be White.

  • IKUredux

    Seriously? You have to demand all this crap? You know what that says don’t you? Nobody is eating the shyte sandwich that you guys are providing. And, guess what? These stupid rules you are demanding , are only going to further alienate the ENGLISH people. We Whites are hard to rile(except, unfortunately against each other, but in our defense, we really only presented worthwhile enemies to each other. Seriously, who else were we going to fight?). Did our losses of fighting men in the two world wars(wow, isn’t it interesting that those two wars are referred to as “world wars” when in fact, they primarily involved European and White countries.) Seriously, I have never thought about that before. So, here’s what I think: Those two wars were called “world wars”, NOT because the entire world was involved, but, only because the only parts of the world that counted were involved. And. let’s face it., the only race that counts in this world is the WHITE race. We set the standards of everything. The only way another race can overcome our influence, is to kill us, or miscegenate us out of existence.

  • watling

    The film Centurion – about the disappearance of the Roman Ninth Legion in Britain – managed to feature one black Roman and one Pakistani Roman. Also, the most violent Celt was a woman.

    Diversity boxes well and truly ticked. Sod history. What did Orwell say about those who control the present?

    • The Final Solution

      I’m pretty sure the Romans made those they conquered fight in their armies. That’s one of the reasons the Roman empire fell. The Pakistani in that move talks about how he was forced to fight. I love that movie – Fassbender was excellent and the guy who played the general gave a great performance. Now see my comment about Saints and Soldiers 3 – now there is some revisionist history. Next they’ll be saying all the men who stormed the beaches at Normandy were black. *vomits*

      • Pro_Whitey

        I kind of wish they had been, and also the ones who took the hits in the hedgerow fighting and the Battle of the Bulge. Ah, but that it is the past, and we can only look back with regret.

    • newscomments70

      My niece had to watch a “don’t let this happen to you video” at school. It was a short film about a pedophile who prayed on boys. The pedophile was white of course. It was narrated by three “cool” teenagers, warning kids of the various dangers. One teenager was black, one teenager was hispanic, and they threw in a white kid who appeared homosexual. The white only had a few lines. Liberals throw anti-white racism into literally everything. They are disgusting and have no shame.

    • Kenner

      It started off so well, and then the Paki Ninja female showed up. My god, they have no shame.

  • Lagerstrom

    Aye. Turn it off, ignore the entertainment industry. Sensible people should just boycott this rubbish and leave it to soft-minded fools and their ‘cultural betters.’

  • WR_the_realist

    I can’t remember offhand, but it wasn’t the Robin Hood movie Ridley Scott made.

  • The Final Solution

    Has anyone seen the trailer for Saints and Soldiers 3 – the Void? They score the highest in the unmentioned fourth criteria, which is rewriting history to include non-whites where there were in fact none. The film is about an American tank crew who get separated from the rest of the army and the racist white soldiers who don’t want to work with the negro sergeant who is the highest ranking soldier. What a bunch of PC bull#$@. It reminds me of that scene in Hart’s War when the white soldiers refuse to salute the black officers. You should have joined the Germans if you didn’t want to salute blacks you stupid allied $#$!.

  • “Amanda Nevill, the CEO of the BFI … said the announcement ‘is just the beginning.'”

    No doubt Stalin once said something similar.

  • The Final Solution

    Disney is already way ahead of them. They got a children’s show with two openly gay female characters.

  • propagandaoftruth

    One featured Morgan Freeman as Palomides, the Saracen. Who would have not looked like a modern negro most likely but closer to a Berber North African or a Sephardic Jew.