Connecting Gypsy, Roma and Traveller creative professionals with opportunities in the creative sector
At Friends, Families and Travellers, we are receiving increasing numbers of requests from producers and writers planning to create TV shows, films and plays with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller characters and storylines.
To do this well and with best practice, we believe there needs to be involvement of people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities within their production teams from the outset – as writers, actors, directors, costume designers, dancers, technical crew and much more.
We are excited to see production companies making efforts to improve representation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people on television, in film and in the media.
At Friends, Families and Travellers, we know that the people who can best ensure accuracy and authenticity in representations are people who are themselves from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.
We know that TV shows and films have often been the worst offenders in promoting negative stereotypes of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people, but we also know that TV and film can be used as a tool for social change. It’s time to flip the narrative!
For this reason, we’re creating a way of connecting Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater and Showmen creative professionals with opportunities in the creative sector.
If you are a creative professional from a Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showman background, you can sign up to receive introductions and alerts when we become aware of opportunities.
From time to time, we will also invite individuals who sign up for alerts to collaborate on ideas around improving the representation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people in the media. We would also highly encourage you to join our friends at the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller working group at Equity. You can sign up here.