We’re all surprised at this, are we?

Nepotism, word-of-mouth employment practices and the widespread use of unpaid work experience have created a “pandemic lack of inclusion” in the British film industry, a report backed by movie producers Barbara Broccoli and Kathleen Kennedy says.

14 comments on “We’re all surprised at this, are we?

  1. perhaps they also can answer is that why they are crap or is that why they are good. Or has nepotism and word of mouth nothing to do with the quality of the films?

  2. Broccoli? That name sounds familiar. Would that Barbara Broccoli be the daughter of Albert Broccoli? The man who had the sense to recognise the value of the James Bond books and hence bought the franchise?

    I believe she is. Has Barbara Broccoli ever done anything else apart from living off her father’s wise decision?

    I am all for Barbara Broccoli telling us about the evils of nepotism.

  3. “. . . movie producers Barbara Broccoli”

    Who wouldn’t have gotten her break into producing without the support of her successful father Albert – you know, James Bond and all that. Oh, let’s not forget the film subsidies that formed the major reason he even started making movies, ala Uwe Boll.

  4. “Has Barbara Broccoli ever done anything else apart from living off her father’s wise decision?”

    She has produced some good Bond films too.

  5. Barbara Broccoli lives in a giant greenhouse and spends her days throwing a lot of stones.. or as she would say: “breaking the glass ceiling”.

  6. Also Bond Co-producer Michael G. Wilson is Cubby Brocolli’s step-son/Barbara’s step-brother, but no doubt he obtained the position in a free and fair competition with all other qualified candidates.

  7. “pandemic lack of inclusion”

    One can make a reasonable stab at what is meant but when people are too lazy or too stupid to express themselves intelligibly it’s probably safe to ignore them.

  8. “There is a culture of nepotism and a lot of the employers we spoke to just recruit via word of mouth”

    Because the alternative is reading someone’s CV (which is stuffed full of lies) or reading their references (which are useless because there are no incentives for anyone to give a bad reference).

    As for nepotism, well, there are things you might already know about Toby’s boy. And one thing about Toby’s boy is that Toby’s going to straighten him out.

    “There is a sense among many that the industry is a “closed shop” with producers wanting to use the same crews over and again”

    Why would they do anything else? Christopher Norton keeps using people like Hans Zimmer, Wally Pfister, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy because they’ve done good work for him. Why would he hire someone he doesn’t know when these guys keep doing good work for him? Why risk it?

    You want to make it in film, you’ve got to find people who want cheap, keen people like Roger Corman or the Troma Films guys.

  9. For a personal example of Bloke_in_Swindon’s point, in the late 1990s I landed several weeks of “assistant caretaker” work at the school where my father was headmaster, after a major incident meant they needed help with the cleanup effort.

    Nepotism? Absolutely, and admitted and declared, but even in those pre-CRB days there was concern about who you let loose amidst a thousand 11-16 year olds, some of whose elder members were distractingly doe-eyed, short-skirted and comely.

    The Headmaster’s son – already known to the existing staff, having done some previous odds and ends to help out over the years – was a good “quick, cheap, should be trustworthy, his Dad will keep him working and out of trouble and he can start on Monday” option compared to heading down to the local Jobcentre…

  10. More lame excuses to spend taxpayers money (well, lottery players’ money). Film is a private business. Governments can fuck off out of it.

  11. JJ – “She has produced some good Bond films too.”

    Someone has. Did she? Or did she stand back and let someone else do so? Even if she did, it is just her living off her father’s legacy.

    I would think her rise is pretty much in line with the gradual feminisation of Roger Moore into High Camp. Admittedly she must have realised this was a mistake and signed off on the new films if it is so.

    But I see no evidence of her particular genius. Her other work is a stage version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which flopped big time in New York, and a stage version of Chariots of Fire.

  12. Jason Lynch – interesting post. Asymmetric information is a pernicious thing. Having someone you can trust (and even better have serious leverage over if they overstep the line) is very valuable.

    Here’s a curious piece of double-think. We are expected to laud and love a good honest “family business” – and grant it our custom, to keep it from being driven into oblivion by competition from faceless anonymous Big Businesses. Hubbie does A, B and C, wifey does D, E and F, the kids chip in too – isn’t it marvellous stuff?

    Yet at the same time we are expected to detest nepotism.

  13. MyBurningEars: Yet at the same time we are expected to detest nepotism.
    People can do what they like with their own money. They should be fully accountable for what they do with investors’/taxpayers’ money.

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