A statement from the BFI on the investigation currently under way at Tyneside Cinema. The BFI is a core funder of the venue, which is also a key partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.
We have strongly expressed to the Chair of Tyneside Cinema the need for a robust and completely transparent enquiry, which is independent and can give us as funder – and more importantly Tyneside’s staff – the confidence that this matter and the working culture at the cinema is being properly investigated and addressed.
The BFI has not had formal input in the setup of the enquiry that is under way, or a role in the ongoing investigation. We await the outcome, and are ready to fully engage with any recommendations openly, but if we have concerns about the independence and robustness of the enquiry, we will have to re-evaluate our relationship with Tyneside Cinema going forward.
Read the statement from the BFI’s Head of UK Audiences, Ben Luxford, from 2 July when allegations initially emerged.
With UK industry partners, the BFI published guidance and principles to tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and racism in the screen industries. This includes organisations, cinemas/venues and productions.