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UCA Lecturer Pia Rickman is leading the field in empowering actors and changing the culture of film and TV production through her work as an intimacy co-ordinator. Pia said “As an actor you are told to be open, flexible, collaborative, to always say yes, to not block offers and if possible to ask what more can you do. And then you combine that with things you’re taught from childhood — for example, ‘go on, give Auntie Helen a hug’ — which forces contact whether or not, as a child, you want it. So, teaching consent is key, with agreement on touch, acknowledgement of boundaries and inviting conversations with showmakers on how intimate scenes move the story and the characters forward, what the scene is really about beyond nudity/ sex, and how will it be filmed. All of these things are important.” Pia says her work with students so far — especially first-year students — has been enlightening. “The thing about talking about consent is that it can be quite triggering, especially when people realise that they haven’t always exercised their right or that someone has crossed their boundaries. And so, while we cover the topic gently, there’s a lot of soul-searching and then a lot of revelation that they do have more power,” she says. “But for me it’s also a ‘wow’ feeling because it shows there’s so much work and awareness to be done. And that this isn’t something just for acting students, it’s something for everyone.” Read the full blog: http://bit.ly/3eIryIj #WeareUCA #MakersofUCA #consent #metoo #intimacy #sexeducation #endviolence #endsexualassault #healthyrelationships #feminism #internationalwomensmonth #internationalwomensday #womensupportingwomen #iwd2021 #genderbasedviolence #actors #actresses #film #movies
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UCA Lecturer Pia Rickman is leading the field in empowering actors and changing the culture of film and TV production through her work as…