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Loop Talent Director of Photography Tom Watts has been featured in an article for Broadcast’s spotlighting the LGBTQIA+ community in post-production and VFX this Pride month.

What can the industry do to better support and promote equality and inclusivity?
One of the biggest aspects of this is for people in the industry to understand the ‘why’ of it. Why is the industry better when it’s more equal and inclusive? When people understand the ‘why’ then the action is second nature. Rather than seeing it as a trend to follow, a quota to meet or a box to tick, people need to first and foremost understand the value that equality and inclusivity brings for everyone.

What role do you see for allies in supporting LGBTQIA+ colleagues in the industry?
A huge role of allies is tone setting of non queer spaces. If allies can make those spaces feel welcoming and safe for anyone then we can all focus on working together and doing our jobs rather than just feeling unwelcome and uncomfortable.

What advice do you have for building a supportive network in the industry?
Don’t forget the people you pass on the way up. As creatives we can have a tendency of only ever looking forward to the next project or opportunity. As an industry we can have a tendency of closing the door behind us on the way up. My dad had a satirical saying he was fond of. “The working class can kiss my arse, I’ve got the foreman’s job at last.”  It’s critical to practise what we preach. As you progress through your career make sure the path behind you is open to others who now look up to you just as you look up to those in front of you.

Are there any projects you’ve worked on that you feel particularly proud of in terms of LBGTQIA+?
I recently wrote and directed my first short film, Misery Loves Company that I’m really proud of. It’s about an early 20s man who has fallen into alt right ideology having a conversation with his future trans woman self. At a time when political ideologies are so deeply entrenched and embattled, the most important thing we can do is learn how to communicate to each other as a society.

Read the full article here.

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