Looking for filmmaking and storytelling courses and organisations? Educational books and documentaries on the topic of diversity and representation on (and behind) the screen? We’ve got you covered! *There are no paid affiliations here, we’re just sharing resources we believe in.
Organisations & Courses
The BFI is a charitable film and TV organisation dedicated to preserve and promote visual storytelling in the U.K. Become a member and gain access to priority film bookings, discounts, and more.
Mandy is an online hiring platform for actors, performers, filmmakers, and production crew.
The BFI Academy offers accessible and specialised courses for young and aspiring filmmakers between 16 and 25 years old in the U.K. As an alumni, you will also be offered exclusive industry opportunities.
Into Film is a cinema charity focused on supporting children and young people’s love for cinema in education, culture, and personal development. Join clubs, get training and enter their filmmaking competitions!
Calltime is a runner’s agency that provides great industry opportunities through training and jobs.
Masterclass is an online educational platform with courses from industry legends including Issa Rae, Shonda Rhimes, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Mira Nair, David Lynch, Natalie Portman, and countless of others!
We also encourage you to look into local clubs such as writing groups were you can share your prose, get constructive feedback, and connect with other writers, or film crews that meet up to share pitches and film shorts together! These can often be found on Facebook and MeetUp, or through your school. A lot of film schools and universities also offer evening/off-course film classes that does not require previous experience but serves as a great introduction.
Disclosure (2020) dir. Sam Feeder
“In this documentary, leading trans creatives and thinkers share heartfelt perspectives and analysis about Hollywood’s history and effects of the way transgender lives are depicted onscreen — and outlines how much progress still needs to be made.“
Women Make Film (2019) dir. Mark Cousins
“Using almost a thousand film extracts from thirteen decades and five continents, Cousins asks how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, all through the compelling lens of some of the world’s greatest directors —all of them women.“
Black Hollywood: ‘They’ve Gotta Have Us’ (2018) dir. Simon Frederick
“Powered by candid recollections from esteemed African-American entertainers, this docuseries traces the history of Black cinema. Featuring a look at rule-breaking directors and actors who challenged the status quo.“
Books / Women in the Film Industry
by Naomi McDougall Jones
“A brutally honest look at the systemic exclusion of women in film—an industry with massive cultural influence—and how, in response, women are making space in cinema for their voices to be heard. Generation after generation, women have faced the devastating reality that Hollywood is a system built to keep them out. The films created by that system influence everything from our worldviews to our brain chemistry. “
by Christina N. Baker
“The first book-length analysis of representations of Black femaleness in the feature films of Black women filmmakers. These filmmakers resist dominant ideologies about Black womanhood, deliberately and creatively reconstructing meanings of Blackness that draw from their personal experiences.”
by Betti Ellerson, Maria Williams Hawkins, and Karen Oughton
“Highlighting rising women directors alongside ground-breaking pioneers, this is a one-stop guide to the leading women film directors in the 21st century, and those who inspired them. This collection of essays, by an impressive array of international writers and filmmakers, examines the progress of women film directors around the world.”
Books / Race on Screen
by Sarita Malik
“A critical history of Black and Asian representation on British television from the earliest days of broadcasting to the present day. Working through programmes as wide-ranging as the early documentaries to `ethnic sitcoms′ and youth television, this book provides a detailed analysis of shifting institutional contexts, images of `race′ and ethnic-minority cultural politics in modern Britain.”
by Mia Mask
“Contemporary Black American Cinema offers a fresh collection of essays on African American film, media, and visual culture in the era of global multiculturalism. Integrating theory, history, and criticism, the contributing authors deftly connect interdisciplinary perspectives from American studies, cinema studies, cultural studies, political science, media studies, and Queer theory.”
by Gina Marchetti
“Hollywood films about Asians and interracial sexuality are the focus of Gina Marchetti’s provocative new work. While miscegenation might seem an unlikely theme for Hollywood, Marchetti shows how fantasy-dramas of interracial rape, lynching, tragic love, and model marriage are powerfully evident in American cinema.”
Books / LGBTQ+ Cinema
The Queer Movie Poster Book (2004)
by Jenni Olson
“From the underground to the Oscar-winning, the titillating to the tasteful, the campy to the heartfelt, The Queer Movie Poster Book is a captivating visual history of the best of queer film culture. From low-budget underground movies to studio films with marquee actors, queer-themed cinema has been around for decades.”
Queer Cinema in the World (2016)
by Karl Schoonover & Rosalind Galt
“Proposing a radical vision of cinema’s queer globalism, Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt explore how queer filmmaking intersects with international sexual cultures, geopolitics, and aesthetics to disrupt dominant modes of world making. The authors move beyond the gay art cinema canon to consider a broad range of films from Chinese lesbian drama and Swedish genderqueer documentary to Bangladeshi melodrama and Bolivian activist video.”
by Eliza Steinbock
“In Shimmering Images Eliza Steinbock traces how cinema offers alternative ways to understand gender transitions through a specific aesthetics of change. Drawing on Barthes’s idea of the “shimmer” and Foucault’s notion of sex as a mirage, the author shows how sex and gender can appear mirage-like on film, an effect they label shimmering.”
Books / Women in Horror
by Alison Peirse
“Women have always made horror. They have always been an audience for the genre, and today, as this book reveals, women academics, critics, and filmmakers alike remain committed to a film genre that offers almost unlimited opportunities for exploring and deconstructing social and cultural constructions of gender, femininity, sexuality, and the body.”
by Carol J. Clover
“Investigating the popularity of the low-budget tradition, Carol Clover looks in particular at slasher, occult, and rape-revenge films. Although such movies have been traditionally understood as offering only sadistic pleasures to their mostly male audiences, Clover demonstrates that they align spectators not with the male tormentor, but with the females tormented.”
by Robin R. Means Coleman
“From King Kong to Candyman, the boundary-pushing genre of the horror film has always been a site for provocative explorations of race in American popular culture. In Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890’s to Present, Robin R. Means Coleman traces the history of notable characterizations of blackness in horror cinema, and examines key levels of black participation on screen and behind the camera.”