Screen Yorkshire announces first recruits on diversity scheme

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Screen Yorkshire has selected 50 young people to be part of Beyond Brontës, its new scheme to address diversity within the screen industries.

The programme will see the 18-24 year olds from Bradford, Leeds, York, Barnsley, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Selby and Wakefield, work across a number of disciplines. These include make-up, set design, accountancy, editing and research.

There will also be internships, careers information, one-to-one support, training and mentoring.

“The screen industries are growing in the region, but the talent behind the cameras doesn’t currently reflect the diverse communities within the UK,” explained Sam Fray, 'Beyond Brontës' Programme Manager at Screen Yorkshire.

“We want young audiences to find out about the opportunities available now and understand that a career in the film and TV industries could be for them. Anybody from any background can have a career in the screen industries; there are so many opportunities and there is a place for everyone.”

Regional production companies, Duck Soup Films, True Vision Yorkshire, Rockerdale Studios, Wise Owl Films and Prime Studios are backing the scheme.

“We think ‘Beyond Brontës’ is a great programme that will help to create a level playing field for young people who wish to pursue a career in film & TV and we’re pleased to be working with Screen Yorkshire to offer placements to participants,” added Lizzie Warham at Duck Soup Films.

Screen Yorkshire is working in partnership with the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council to deliver Beyond Brontës with the support of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

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