The Film & Television Charity, the charity for everyone working in UK film, cinema and television, is announcing that its new Film & TV Support Line, providing confidential and independent support, 24/7 and free at the point of contact, goes live today. The Film & TV Support Line’s telephone number is: 0800 054 00 00.
The Film & TV Support Line is the first new service from the Film & Television Charity as part of its revitalised mission to support the wellbeing of all those who bring stories to our screens, empowering them to fulfil their personal and professional lives. The service is backed by the BFI and supporting partners, The Production Guild, Women in Film and TV, Film Distributors’ Association, Pact and UK Cinema Association. A support line was highlighted by industry in working with the BFI and BAFTA in developing a Set of Principles and Guidance which was launched in February as a vital resource for people dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Jen Smith, the BFI’s Head of Inclusion says, “Providing an accessible Film & TV Support Line for people working in film and television who are dealing with difficult situations including bullying and harassment, is an important step forward for our industry. The BFI congratulates the Film & Television Charity and the other industry partners involved in developing this practical resource to help people at their time of need.”
Dominic Reeve-Tucker, Director of The Film Office commented “Our company affiliate membership to The Production Guild aligns with our requirement and encouragement of professionalism in UK production practices. It is often far too easy to not address the difficulties and potential knock-on effects that are faced by those working in the industry in such high-pressured roles & environments on a daily basis. We fully support the launch of the support line that not only increases awareness but also crucially provides a direct confidential & independent support where required.”