Scoping Study into the Lack of Women Screenwriters in the UK

The UK Film Council, as the Government‐backed strategic agency for film, has a responsibility to ensure that there is a strong evidence‐base to support our activities. Where there are gaps in the research, it is important that we identify these gaps and address them. There are many myths and theories about the position of women screenwriters in the UK. It may come as no surprise to learn that women are under‐represented, but the extent of the imbalance, and the reasons behind it, have never before been examined in any detail. The Institute for Employment Studies has brought together, for the first time, academic research and up‐to‐date industry data to produce an in‐depth, well‐conducted report.

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