Film London and The Ink Factory have developed two new work placements in a bid to help level the playing field for those seeking starter roles in the capital’s screen industries.
The paid, three-month internships will see Amina Aweis join The Ink Factory’s marketing team, while Nimai Inniss will undertake a development placement.
Both recruits have now hit the ground running with The Ink Factory, the London and Los Angeles-based independent studio behind international hit The Night Manager and upcoming John le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl, which will star Florence Pugh and Alexander Skarsgård and be helmed by acclaimed South Korean director Park Chan-wook.
The initiative forms part of Film London’s ongoing Equal Access Network activity to ensure the capital’s screen industries are representative of the city itself. The placements were part of a concerted push to ‘widen the net’ when it came to recruitment, and saw the screen agency working with a network of organisations, training providers and charities who work with underrepresented communities across the city. This allowed Film London and The Ink Factory to interview a wide range of talented individuals who might otherwise face barriers to the industry.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “London is home to the world’s best creative talent, and helping maintain and futureproof our skills base is a huge part of our work. We know our city is home to a great many talented individuals who might find traditional routes into the industry difficult, impractical or impossible, and this is what our Equal Access work seeks address. We want to work with partners across the industry to level the playing field, capitalise on London’s tremendous wealth of untapped potential and, in so doing, ensure our city retains its cutting edge.”
Simon Cornwell said “We are thrilled to welcome Amina and Nimai to our team. They bring outstanding energy and creative talent to the company, and have already demonstrated early in their careers that they are exceptional individuals with strong and relevant voices. It’s fundamental to The Ink Factory that we both serve and mirror an inclusive society, and that we do that by building a company that fosters innovation, experimentation and creative risk-taking. It’s been a privilege to work with Film London to identify and support young talent and we look forward to building a long-term relationship with them.”
Film London is currently seeking partners and sponsors who would be interested in developing future Equal Access Network opportunities. To date this work has included:
- A successful pilot scheme for parents returning to the high-end TV industry (in partnership with Creative Skillset)
- Bespoke brokerage advice for film and TV companies seeking to fill specific roles
- Regular information, training and networking sessions for new entrants
- The development of a runners’ pool for those seeking paid work experience with London-based productions