With statistics on female, BAME and socio-economic representation in the creativeindustries stagnating or improving too slowly nationwide, magneticNorth ask: “will the
creative industries ever be truly diverse?”

The panel has been inspired by the newly launched BFI Filmography, designed by magneticNorth that has unveiled revelatory findings, including the fact that gender balance
in British feature film is lower now in 2017 than it was in 1917.

Similarly, stats surrounding young people from low-income backgrounds entering the creative industries show slow signs of improvement.

Writing for Its Nice That, Isabel Farcy, founder of the Creative Mentor Network commented; “In schools and amongst parents in lower socio-economic communities, employment in the creative industries is perceived as precarious and not financially viable. Many of the students we meet at the schools we work with aren’t even considering those kinds of careers.”

Game of Thrones actress Kate Dickie, who described the Filmography’s findings surrounding gender as “horrifically depressing” and “not getting better quickly enough”, will come together with other leading names from film, art, digital design, architecture and fashion to discuss how diversity influences their creative spaces at the panel at HOME on 16th October.

Writer, Director and Producer of films such as Bend it like Beckham and Viceroy’s House Gurinder Chadha commented at the recent Filmography launch: “It’s a great loss to us as a
nation and to us as an industry if our stories aren’t reflected. Films are documents, they reflect who we are. Diversity doesn’t mean putting a person of colour on crew, diversity
means hearing stories from different perspectives.”

The event, which is part of the Design Manchester 2017 festival will begin with an introduction and exploration of the #BFIFilmography, by the BFI’s Stephen McConnachie
and follow with a panel sharing ideas on how we might begin to shift behaviours and cultural patterns to strive for an equal and thriving environment.

The event is part of Design Manchester 2017 and will be held at the city’s iconic cultural venue HOME on 16th October from 5.30-7.30pm.

Free tickets available here:


An exciting line up of panelists include actress  Kate Dickie, Emmerdale Executive Producer,Kate Brooks and others to be announced.


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