Our new campaign ‘I Am Not Your Villain’ is urging the film industry to stop using scars, marks or burns as a shorthand for villainy.
Our campaign calls on those in the film industry – casting directors, film producers, production companies and directors – to stop using scars, burns or marks as shorthand for villainy.
The campaign has launched exclusively in the Daily Telegraph. You can read the full article on the Telegraph website.
The BFI are one of the first organisations to sign up to our campaign and have committed to not having negative representations depicted through scars or facial difference in the films they fund.
Ben Roberts, Film Fund Director at the BFI, says:
“Film has such a powerful influence on society, it enables us to see the world in new ways, enriches lives and can make a vital contribution to our wellbeing. It also is a catalyst for change and that is why we are committing to not having negative representations depicted through scars or facial difference in the films we fund.
It’s astonishing to think that films have used visible difference as a shorthand for villainy so often and for so long. The time has come for this to stop.
The BFI believes that film should be truly representative of the UK, and this campaign speaks directly to the criteria in the BFI Diversity Standards which call for meaningful representations on screen. We fully support Changing Faces’ I Am Not Your Villain campaign and urge the rest of the film industry to do the same.”
Thanks to production company Stories Like Us, we’ve created a film with our young Champions with visible differences, who talk about the impact of always seeing scars or burns used to portray a ‘villain’ in films and on TV.