UK Guild Sets New Guidelines for Filming of Provocative Media

UK Guild Sets New Guidelines for Filming of Provocative Media

Directors Guild UK has issued official guidelines for members and the general public, outlining how nudity should be filmed and directed. The document also goes into details regarding sex scenes and how they should be filmed.

The guidelines are suggestions only, meaning penalties or fees will not be incurred upon directors who choose to ignore them. The guidelines exist simply to provide structure to handle sensitive issues.

The Goal

Obviously, filming sex scenes can be unpleasant for all involved. The director must be able to guide the scene tactfully and effectively. This is a particularly sensitive subject as of late, as issues of sexual misconduct become increasingly prevalent in the industry.

According to the guild, the guidelines exist due to: “…the need to set clear and shared professional expectations that apply to everyone involved in making sensitive content, with the aim that they will become standard working practice within the industry.” 

Who is Behind It?

The document was issued by Directors’ Guild UK, alongside filmmakers, producers, directors, writers and actors. Various other organizations representing these fields of work have provided their own input, as well.

Statements from the Directors UK

The Directors Guild has released a public statement about the guidelines, explaining their reasoning and the goal they hope to achieve.

“The director, as the creative lead on a production, should set the tone for a professional and respectful on-set environment,” said Susanna White, Directors UK’s film committee chair and a BAFTA-winning director whose credits include Generation Kill and Parade’s End. “We are all here because we want to tell compelling and impactful stories, and no member of a cast or crew should ever be put in a position where they feel unsafe, exploited or mismanaged – especially when making sensitive material.”

Support

At this point the guidelines have received public support from the industry, due to the importance of their subject matter and how skillfully they have been crafted. Support has come from BAFTA, BFI, The Casting Directors’ Guild, Equity and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, and industry-advocacy group Time’s Up UK.

However, the guidelines alone won’t solve the industry’s problem. It’s up to the directors to create a professional overall ambiance on set, reaching beyond the scope of the guidelines.