Diversity and Inclusion in Film, Television and Media Sector: Policy Alternatives for an Inclusive Film Industry and Training





white privilege, equality, diversity, inclusion, COVID, pandemic, film industry, gender, racism


This issue of CINEJ Cinema Journal observed the slow recovery from the destructive effects of COVID-19 global pandemic on filmmaking, film distribution and exhibition, and teaching film at HE institutions. One development that is on the agenda is diversity and inclusion in film industry, film education and film studies/criticism as institution. The diversity of film sets has been voiced and is gaining momentum at creative top of the line levels of director, producer and screenwriters Still obstacles remain for those who want to move from entry to mid-level both in film industry as creatives and for academics who want to enter white dominated academia.

Author Biography

Murat Akser, University of Ulster

Murat Akser is lecturer in cinematic arts, in the School of Creative Arts, University of Ulster, UK. Between 2006-2013 he has been an associate professor of cinema and media studies, chair of new media department and the founding director of the Cinema and Television MA program at Kadir Has University Istanbul, Turkey. He has his MA in Film and PhD in communication and culture from York University, Canada. He works extensively on political economy of film festivals, film genres and has recently published a book length study of Turkish cinema from Lambert: Green Pine Resurrected: Film Genre, Parody, and Intertextuality in Turkish Cinema. Also an independent filmmaker Dr. Akser has directed short films, music videos and is a member of International Cinematographers Guild and Academy of Canadian Film and Television.


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Animbom Ngong, P. (2021). The reception of cameroon films and home videos in student residential areas: the case of bambili – cameroon. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 371-392.

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Brook, O., O’Brien, D., & Taylor, M. (2021). Inequality talk: How discourses by senior men reinforce exclusions from creative occupations. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 24(2), 498-513.

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Buteanu, I. (2021). Review of A Christian Approach to Cinema: Tarkovsky. Film as Prayer. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 526-530.

Cobb, S., Newsinger, J., & Nwonka, C. J. (2020). Introduction: Diversity in British Film and Television: Policy, Industry and Representation. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 17(1), 1-5.

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Farahbakhsh, A. and R. Ebrahimi (2021).The social implications of metaphor in bong joon-ho’s parasite. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 87-116.

Gökçem Akyıldız, S. (2021). disgraced of the west, deserted of the east: men in the films shame and issız adam. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 424-455.

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Gwynne, J.L. (2021). “not conducive for sobriety”: sex addiction and neoliberal masculinity in don jon and thanks for sharing. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 181-199.

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Hovind, J. (2021). About Miracles”: Seeing the “real thing” in Hong Sang-soo’s Woman on the Beach and Éric Rohmer’s Le Rayon vert. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 246-291.

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Lourenço, J. (2021). O Ano em que o Cinema que conhecíamos parou: um retrato em três actos. Observatorio (OBS*) Journal, (2021, Special issue), 045-055.


Machlev, M. (2021). I’ll be back? the deconstruction of the 1980’s and 1990’s hard body movies. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 456-491.

Malekpour, M. and S. Motamedi. (2021). The Liminal and the Surreal: The Space of Limbo and Dreams in Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 320-345.

Meadows, M. (1994). Re‐claiming a cultural identity: Indigenous media production in Australia and Canada. Continuum, 8(2), 270-292.

McGuire, J.T. (2021). Formation of the ambiguous heroic archetype: three jewish-american film actors and the united states’ film system, 1929-1948. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 200-245.

Molina Barea, M. d. C. (2021). Cinema: not frames but veils. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 146-180.

Nwonka, C. J., & Malik, S. (2018). Cultural discourses and practices of institutionalised diversity in the UK film sector:‘Just get something black made’. The Sociological Review, 66(6), 1111-1127.

Omoera, O. S. and C. C. Okwuowulu (2021). Female representation in select films of frank rajah arase: evidence of male chauvinist tendencies in the ghanaian film culture. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 14-41.

Osakpolar, E. (2021). Portrayal of women in contemporary nollywood films: isoken and king of boys in focus. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 117-145.

Poloni, M. (2021). Review of towards a political aesthetics of cinema. the outside of film. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 531-537.

Pulver, A. (2021, June 18). Golden Globes: two members resign from ‘toxic’ Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jun/18/golden-globes-two-members-resign-from-toxic-hollywood-foreign-press-association

Redden, E. (2020, June 15). A Long Time Coming. Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/06/15/ontario-design-college-embarks-black-faculty-hiring-initiative

Sweeney, M. (2021, July 10). Lights, camera, studio space? Lack of production capacity hits UK film industry. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/jul/10/lights-camera-studio-space-lack-of-production-capacity-hits-uk-film-industry

Torkamaneh, P., F. Poordakan, and P.Lalbakhsh (2021). Baudrillard, Hyperreality, and the Evil in Othello and The Hateful Eight. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 346-370.

Ulusoy, N. (2021). Review of Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 538-547.

Upadhyay, P. (2021) Waking (Dreaming): A Vedantic Reflection on Richard Linklater’s film, Waking Life. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 292-319.

Vaso, J. (2021). The millennial antinostalgic: yoav in nadav lapid’s synonymes. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 42-86.

Wilmink, M. (2021). Review of Theorizing Film Through Contemporary Art: Expanding Cinema. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 548-556.

Wischert-Zielke, M. (2021). The Impulse-Image of Vampiric Capital and the Politics of Vision and Disability - Evil and Horror in Don’t Breathe. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 456-491.




How to Cite

Akser, M. (2021). Diversity and Inclusion in Film, Television and Media Sector: Policy Alternatives for an Inclusive Film Industry and Training. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 9(1), 1–13. https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2021.414